Ex-United Academy Coach Urges Jose Mourinho To Buy Back Michael Keane

Burnley's Michael Keane celebrates scoring their first goal.

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Manchester United have been urged by their former youth team coach Paul McGuinness to bring back Michael Keane this summer.

The Burnley star, who came through the academy ranks under the guidance of McGuinness, was sold by Louis van Gaal for just £2.5million back in 2015. Keane’s exciting progress at Turf Moor will no doubt attract the top four this summer.

Chelsea and Manchester City have been keeping a close eye on him, while Liverpool also pondering over a move with Jurgen Klopp intends to solve his defensive problems. Man United are expected to be well active in the summer, with Jose Mourinho set to be handed a huge kitty to splash out on reinforcements.

After impressing for England against Germany on Wednesday, Keane has already received plaudits. And McGuinness thinks Manchester United should be chasing Keane as he is better than Mats Hummels. “A year or so ago, United were being linked with Hummels,” McGuinness said.

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“If you watched that game against Germany and you were looking for a player for the future, you’d pick Michael Keane above Hummels.

“He’s quicker, better in the air and decent with his feet. He’s not as experienced as Hummels but he knows the club, he’s a United player really in that sense, so he’d tick a lot of boxes.

“He has the potential to be a really top player. He’s smoother on the ball or at least as good as the central defenders United have at the moment, so of course he could [be successful].”

Meanwhile, some reports suggesting a clause was inserted in the contract when Manchester United sold Keane and it says they can receive up to 25 per cent from his next transfer.


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