Rio Ferdinand opens up about ‘immense’ defender amid Man United transfer link

The Manchester United legend was impressed with Michael Keane's performance in Burnley's 2-1 win at Palace

Man United legend Rio Ferdinand Photo: BT Sport

Rio Ferdinand has praised Michael Keane for an immense performance in Burnley’s 2-1 win at Crystal Palace amid reports linking the defender with a return to Manchester United.

The Burnley centre-half produced a commanding performance in the heart of Sean Dyche’s side to help the promoted outfit secure a valuable three points at resurgent Crystal Palace.

Keane moved to Burnley from Manchester United in 2014 after Louis van Gaal deemed the Englishman surplus to requirements at the 20-time English champions.

His replacement Jose Mourinho has contended with an injury crisis at the back throughout the 2016-17 season following injuries to Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling.

Manchester United have been linked with a move to re-sign the defender from Burnley as Mourinho looks to bolster his defensive options in the summer transfer window.

One of the club’s best-ever defenders Ferdinand was impressed with Keane’s performance at Palace.

“Michael Keane was immense down at Crystal Palace. He headed everything that moved. The ball was like a magnet to his head,” Ferdinand said during a video on his YouTube channel.

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Keane earned his first England cap in the most-recent international break.

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