Will Keane has opened up about his reasons for leaving Manchester United for Hull City this summer.
— Hull City (@HullCity) August 30, 2016
Keane had been at United since the age of 11, working his way through the academy with twin brother Michael. The striker had been a regular goalscorer for United’s youth trams, and was tipped for greatness at a very young age. He made his senior debut in a 3-2 defeat against Blackburn in 2011, coming on for Rafael in the last few minutes.
However, Keane’s career has gone off the boil since then. Sir Alex made it known that he planned to make the striker a regular first-team player, but just when things were going so well for the youngster, he suffered a serious injury that kept him out for a long period of time.
He has never really kicked on from them. Injuries have constantly halted his progress every time he seemed ready to make his breakthrough. Yet again, he put in some impressive displays for the reserves last season, and finally looked to have gotten his chance when van Gaal included him in the squad to face Shrewsbury in the FA Cup.
However, Keane’s unfortunate tale carried on. Within minutes of being brought on, Keane smashed a shot from just outside the box that hit the wood-work, but he injured his groin in the process, and missed the rest of the season.
Mourinho was willing to let Keane go out on loan again and prove himself, but the 23-year-old knew that it was time to make a move. United had Rooney, Martial, Ibrahimovic, and even Rashford ahead of Keane in the pecking order, and the striker decided that the only way to kick start his career would be to make a permanent move away from Old Trafford.
“I’m 23 now, so I wanted to come here on a permanent transfer and get settled,” Keane said to Hull’s official website.
“I’m at that age where I want to be playing as many games as possible. I’ve been at Manchester United for a long time, so it is the end of an era but I couldn’t really see a path through to the first team there.”
Keane also heaped praise onto Hull boss Mike Phelan, who he worked with while the manager was Sir Alex’s assistant at United.
“I’m relishing coming to Hull. Mike Phelan was a big factor in the move. I spoke to him a couple of times before making the decision, and obviously he was at United as assistant manager when I made my first team debut there.
“He was really good with me there and I’m looking forward to working with him again here. I want to push myself to play at the highest level and right now that is the Premier League.”
“It’s been a really good start and it has maybe taken a few people by surprise, but having played against Hull last season I know the quality there is within the squad so it hasn’t really been a surprise to me,” the forward added.
“Hopefully we can continue that after the international break and I can play my part in that. My main aim as a striker is to get into the box and score goals, and hopefully if the chances come my way here I can take them.
“People will judge me on the goals I score, so that is what I want to do.”