Martin Keown names his two concerns about Man United signing 24-year-old
The Arsenal legend warns Michael Keane about his potential return to Manchester United this summer
Martin Keown has admitted that he has two concerns about Michael Keane’s potential return to Manchester United this summer.
The Burnley defender has been heavily linked with a £25m move to Manchester United less than two seasons after Keane completed a transfer to Turf Moor in 2015.
Louis van Gaal opted to sell Keane to the Championship side in a £2.5m deal in the 2015 summer transfer window after dealing him surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.
The Manchester United youth graduate helped Burnley to win the Championship last season before securing their Premier League status for another campaign in the 2016-17 season.
Jose Mourinho has struggled with a defensive crisis at Manchester United throughout his first season in charge at the 20-time English champions.
However, Keown believes Keane could struggle with the touted £25m price tag and may find it difficult to secure regular first-team football.
Writing in his Daily Mail column about Keane’s potential return to Manchester United, former Arsenal defender Keown said:
“I am concerned with the level of competition he would face at United from the likes of Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones.
“He also would have the pressure of the £25million price tag. Keane would no longer be a promising youngster coming through — the fans would be expecting to see a better player.
“But if he does play and all comes good, it would be very satisfying.”