|Birthdate:||11 Jan 1993|
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|Joined United:||01 Jul 2009|
|United Debut:||v Aldershot (Carling Cup)|
Michael Keane, twin brother of young United striker Will, is a defender who has made great strides at the club.
Michael, initially a full-back, did not appear for United’s Under-18s in 2009/10, but he did make his debut for the Reserves against Wigan in April 2010.
Quite small in stature for his age, the progress made after he caught up in terms of physical development has been very impressive as he became a key figure in the successful FA Youth Cup-winning team of 2011.
Graduation into Warren Joyce’s Reserves followed and he slotted in effortlessly either at the heart of the defence or full-back,
earning praise from his coach for his consistent endeavour on the training field.
As a result, Keane was rewarded with a first-team debut during the Carling Cup win at Aldershot.
Emerging as a central defender of some repute, he revealed to Inside United that he has chosen to represent England at international level, after initially featuring for Republic of Ireland, and is maturing all the time at Carrington.
A splendidly consistent campaign saw him voted Reserves Player of the Year despite some fierce competition and he made his England debut for the Under-19s in May, playing in the same team as Will.
By playing in 30 games in all, he was used more than anybody else at Reserves level and scored five goals along the way when venturing forward for set-pieces. Clearly a bright future beckons for the defender, who is already attracting plenty of interest from other clubs keen to snare him on loan.