Manchester United could bring another star back to Old Trafford
It’s safe to say that Manchester United’s decision to bring Paul Pogba back to the club has turned out pretty well for the club. That’s precisely why Jose Mourinho is being encouraged to bring another former United star back to the club this summer.
Re-signing defender Michael Keane may not have quite the impact as bringing Pogba back has, but it still could be a key move. Rio Ferdinand certainly thinks so. He told BBC 5Live that Keane could return to United in a similar fashion. Keane was unceremoniously shipped to Burnley two years ago and few would have guessed he’d ever blossom into the player he’s become.
The English defender has been Burnley’s best player this season. In a rarity for a central defender, he is actually the club’s highest rated player per Whoscored.com as well. His 7.13 average is an amazing mark for a centre back in England’s top flight.
Most believe United will be in the market for a new central defender this summer. Eric Bailly has cemented himself as Mourinho’s starter on one side, but the identity of his future partner is very much in question. The Special One has vacillated between Daley Blind and Chris Smalling for much of the campaign.
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It’s safe to say that neither man will be the regular starter next season if all goes according to plan. United could certainly do worse than acquiring a solid, English defender to help anchor their back four. Don’t forget that Keane is still just 24 years of age. If United were able to bring him back this summer, he could be a regular starter for years to come.
Of course, bringing him back to Old Trafford won’t be easy. While Burley would certainly like to hold on to their star, the financial reality is that they’ll likely be tempted by the highest bidder. It’s very possible that United won’t make the top offer. Expect heavy competition from their Premier League competitors in the form of Arsenal and Chelsea.
Despite that competition, there’s something apropos about Keane returning to his previous club to reach his full potential. So many young players never get the opportunity to realize their dreams at Manchester United, but Michael Keane may prove to be the exception.