As is the case following any Premier League season, rumours are abound when it comes to the immediate future of Burnley’s Michael Keane. Some think he’ll head to Goodison Park and others believe a Manchester United return is on the cards, so let’s focus on the first time that the young English lad turned out for the Red Devils.
The date was September 26th 2012, and the game was a Capital One Cup tie against Newcastle United. As you can imagine, this riveting mid-week encounter didn’t exactly draw a whole heap of hype and you can see why with the eventual team sheet.
There’s a few top names mixed in there, but for the most part this collection of 18 names makes us question whether or not Sir Alex was genuinely a wizard. Honestly, we aren’t surprised Keano went out on loan every chance he got.
David De Gea
Probably the best goalkeeper in the world plays for Manchester United right now. Image Source: Twitter
Buttner is one those distinctly average players who will be used in pub quiz questions for years to come. Image Source: Twitter
United picked him up and spat him back out again, probably due to his run with Liverpool. Image Source: Twitter
Marnick falls into the ‘never made an appearance’ club, switching to good old Preston North End last year. Image Source: Twitter
United REALLY messed this up, choosing to loan Keane out to 1,000 different clubs as opposed to moulding him into the player that he’s become today. Image Source: Twitter
Anderson sat nicely alongside Nani and Ronaldo in the camp of potential superstars, with only one out of the three thriving in Manchester.
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Tom Cleverley: potentially United’s biggest ever scapegoat. Image Source: Twitter
Injuries derailed one of the most consistent midfielders the Premier League has ever seen.
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Manchester United’s all-time top goalscorer, and one of the most hated players in the nation. Image Source: Twitter
Chicharito had one of the best debut seasons in Premier League history, but that form quickly faded upon a sea of accusations and poor morale. Image Source: Twitter
Dat Guy Welbs just didn’t seem to click on a consistent basis at Old Trafford. Image Source: Twitter
Being kept out of the first-team by someone as brilliant as De Gea probably doesn’t ease the pain for Johnstone, with the keeper spending six years in limbo since signing a professional contract with the club. Image Source: Twitter
Centre-back or clumsy giraffe? You decide. Image Source: Twitter
What the hell happened to Nick Powell? The curious case of the former Crewe stand out continues to boggle the masses, with the former starlet now being stuck at Wigan of all places. Image Source: Twitter
Jesse is riding out a career at Old Trafford that goes way beyond what anyone could’ve imagined, so in a way we should all be asking him for career advice. Image Source: Twitter
Poor Ryan wasn’t even given a chance, with just two appearances in five years for United before being shipped off. Image Source: Twitter
United created him, but his time in Hull transformed Robbie Brady into a top class talent. Image Source: Twitter
One good day out of 365 does not make a champion – so it’s a good thing that Josh King has improved upon his abysmal United tenure in which he barely featured. Image Source: SportsMole
There’s a couple success stories littered in between all the dirt, but for the most part Michael Keane will be returning to Old Trafford with a much better selection of teammates to play alongside. We imagine the 24-year-old will feel an overwhelming sense of triumph upon pulling on the red strip once more, just two and a half years after walking out the door.