Young striker, Will Keane gets another chance to impress at Manchester United. The 22-year-old forward was recalled from his loan spell at Championship side, Preston. Keane signed a season-long loan deal with Preston during the summer and has scored just 2 goals in 22 appearances for the club. However, Louis van Gaal has opted to give the player a rare chance back at Old Trafford.
The former England U-21 made only one league appearance for the Red devils in a 3-2 home defeat to Blackburn Rovers on 31 December 2011. He was highly rated at the club and showed flashes of brilliance before suffering a knee ligament injury in May 2012. That marked the beginning of a downward slide that took him on loan to Wigan Athletic, Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End. According to the Daily Mirror, the striker met with parent club manager, Louis van Gaal and was able to convince the Dutchman to bring him back to the Theatre of dreams.
Confirming the news of Keane’s recall, Preston manager Simon Grayson said, “[It happened] in the last 24 hours or so. United felt they needed an extra body around them. Obviously it’s disappointing to lose Will. In the last few weeks he’s been finding his feet with us, but that is what happens when you get loan players. We accept it. We will probably go into the market over the next few days and weeks to bring in reinforcements. Hopefully he will do well for Manchester United”. Grayson was of the opinion that Keane can fit into the big shoes at Manchester United and help solve the goalscoring dilemma.
“It’s a big step up. But he’s played regularly for us, he’s fit, so time will tell”.
The recall was an absolute shocker to club fans who were expecting a recall, but not of Keane. Opinions are that recalling James Wilson, who is currently on loan at Brighton and Hove Albion, would have been a better decision. However, reserves coach Warren Joyce spoke to the club’s official website last month and stated that he saw promising signs in the striker despite his goal drought.
“It was a really well-taken goal. I watched him again at the weekend as well. His movement was very good and he looks better and more confident. You forget how long he was out injured. It disrupted and delayed his progression massively so he is aiming to make up for lost time. He’s looking a lot more like his old self really… Preston have played 4-3-3 and Will has been playing in a wider role but he’s an intelligent footballer anyway and is taking up good positions and being a threat. His general play has been good. Obviously, the kid would like to score more goals than he has but I think that is the next step for him really.”
It is quite a huge step for Keane who must now step up to succeed where Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney and Memphis Depay have all faltered.