Manchester United are reported to have communicated with the representative of Michael Keane prior to his move from Burnley this summer. The England international had produced a string of impressive displays for the Clarets last term, and this saw him linked with a potential return to Old Trafford – more than two years after he left the club for a mere £2.5m.
However, the centre-back felt that Everton would be the best place for him, and this ultimately urged United to sign Victor Lindelof, who arrived from Benfica in a £30m plus deal. Speaking about the United interest, Keane said: “They [United] were in touch with my agent and showed a lot of interest. They wanted me, but a few things happened and I thought Everton would be the best place for me to come. I thought I would get a lot of game time here, more than I possibly would at Manchester United, and that was a massive factor in my decision.”
Lindelof has made a slow start to his United career with just two appearances in the European Super Cup and Champions League respectively this term. Nevertheless, the Swede has plenty of time to adjust to United’s style of play, and he could make himself a regular over the course of the season. Manchester
Manchester United have made a strong start to the Premier League with three wins and a draw, and they are currently behind Manchester City with a game in hand to be played against Keane’s Everton on Sunday afternoon.