Rio Ferdinand suggests Man United could make surprise signing: He could emulate Paul Pogba

The former Manchester United defender is tipping Michael Keane to return to Old Trafford in the future

Rio Ferdinand believes Michael Keane could return to Manchester United in the future like Paul Pogba.

The defender completed a permanent move to Burnley in January 2015 after a successful loan spell at the club under the management of Sean Dyche.

Louis van Gaal permitted the sale of Keane after deeming the English centre-half surplus to requirements at the 20-time English champions.

However, the 24-year-old has earned plenty of admirers in the 2016-17 season for his commanding performances in the heart of Dyche’s defence.

Indeed, only Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Manchester United, Everton and Liverpool have conceded less games in their home games than Burnley.

Ferdinand played alongside Keane during the latter stages of his Old Trafford career before the retired England star moved to Queens Park Rangers in 2014.

Speaking to BBC Radio Five Live, the former Manchester United defender tipped Keane to follow Pogba’s lead and return to Old Trafford in the future.

“I think the moment he found out he (Keane) was going to leave Manchester United – every kid’s dream in that area is to play for Manchester United – so to leave the club was a huge wrench for him,” Ferdinand said.

“But it allowed him to go and spread his wings and bloom really and become the player he is now. At Manchester United he wasn’t afforded that opportunity, for whatever reason.

“You look at the likes of Pogba; he’s gone away and come back now and become a huge star. Michael Keane, he could do that himself.”

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Keane has scored one goal and has made one assist in 25 appearances in the Premier League this season.

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