Will Keane was in great form for Manchester United’s U21s on Monday night and grabbed himself a hat-trick.
The 23-year-old scored two penalties either side of a deflected effort and it was the perfect way for Keane to show Louis van Gaal that he deserves to be given an opportunity with our first-team.
Yes, U21s football is far below the rigours of first-team action but goalscorers are goalscorers, and we’re not exactly littered with in-form strikers at the moment are we?
Keane was re-called by van Gaal for a reason and his hat-trick performance against Reading is surely enough to see him brought into the team at some point.
Prior to a cruel cruciate ligament injury back in 2012, Keane was unstoppable for our U21s. Right through being a central figure in our FA Youth Cup winning side of 2011, he was the go to man for goals and Sir Alex Ferguson recognised that by giving him a spot in the upcoming pre-season tour. Unfortunately, injury blighted that opportunity.
It’s been a long road to recovery for Keane but he now finds himself back at United, having scored a hat-trick for the U21s at a time where the first-team is desperate for goals. Is this when he finally gets his big chance to show he can make it as a United striker?