Gary Neville hints defender will need to improve if Liverpool, Man United transfer happens

The Manchester United legend admits Michael Keane can still improve amid talk of a big summer transfer

Burnley defender Michael Keane Photo: Michael Keane/Instagram

Gary Neville has hinted that Michael Keane can still make improvements to his game.

The Burnley defender has been attracting interest from a number of Premier League clubs this season following his excellent performances in Sean Dyche’s side.

Keane has been linked with a move to Liverpool and Manchester United at the end of the 2016-17 season as both Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho look to improve their defensive options.

The Burnley defender earned his first call-up to the England squad earlier this year thanks to his eye-catching performances for the promoted side.

Keane moved to Burnley in the 2014 summer transfer window after ex-Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal deemed the defender surplus to requirements.

Speaking to Sky Sports about Keane being linked with a big-money summer move, former Manchester United defender Neville said: “He gets cuddled at Burnley.

“The two full-backs come tight, it’s a tight midfield four, very compact, so you very rarely get exposed.

“I think that goal he conceded against Lukaku [in the Everton game last month], I wouldn’t expect him to make that kind of mistake. But he’s still young. To make his England debut is a great achievement.”

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Manchester United will take on Eredivisie side Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm on Wednesday 24 May.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are looking to secure a long-awaited return to the Champions League following a three-year absence.

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