Michael Keane’s inclusion in Gareth Southgate’s England squad was testament to the central defender’s showings for Burnley this season and nothing more than the 23-year-old deserved.

The Stockport-born star has been on the radar for a number of years and been tipped to have a bright future in the game – it is only now that the centre-half is able to show his considerable abilities at Premier League level.

The powers that be at Manchester United undertook a costly exercise in bringing former charge Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford after losing him for next to nothing four years ago.

Although comparing Keane with the world’s most-expensive footballer is probably a bit rich, there may be some at United that wish the Burnley defender was still on the Red Devils’ books.

Talk in the press has suggested that Antonio Conte and Chelsea are eyeing up the able defender and are willing to part company with £25 million to bring him to Stamford Bridge as a potential January addition.

Although hindsight is a wonderful thing, United could actually use a composed defender such as Keane in their ranks currently as Jose Mourinho looks for the ideal partner for Eric Bailly.

The defender can be added to the list of ones that got away for the Old Trafford side, with it fitting that the centre-half is now being recognised at the top level.


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