The 23-year-old striker grabbed headlines earlier this week after an amazing five goal haul against Norwich City in a 7-0 victory for the U21s.
He continued his fine form by laying on the assist for Joe Rothwell‘s winner against Manchester City’s U21s on Thursday night and van Gaal has rewarded him with a place in the squad.
“Yes, that’s the reason we called him back [from a loan spell at Preston North End],” van Gaal told reporters.
“He’s always training with us, with the first selection, and he’s scoring a lot of goals now. He is also in the squad tomorrow and I hope that he shall continue with scoring goals because that is very important for a striker.”
With ten goals in his last seven appearances for the U21s, Keane richly deserves the opportunity to be part of the match-day squad and he’ll be delighted at seeing his hard work getting repaid.
Having watched Keane train at the AON Training Complex last week, you can see he’s playing with real confidence and it’s fantastic to see as it has been a tough few years for him after his cruciate ligament injury.
If Keane manages to get some minutes against Sunderland, it will be interesting to see if he can continue his fine form from the U21s but regardless of that, it’s still great to see him back among the first-team.