Will Keane has sent a farewell message to Manchester United fans after he joined Hull City on deadline day.
The 23-year-old broke into the first-team in 2011, making his debut against Blackburn Rovers from the bench, but only went on to manage two senior appearances due to a long string of injuries thwarting his momentum.
Keane completed his move Hull on deadline day, reuniting with Mike Phelan once again for a fee of £1m.
The striker posted a message on his Instagram after completing his move, signing off by saying: “I’ll forever by a red at heart. Thanks for everything!”
It's the end of an era for me.. too many memories to pick from! What a journey it's been! I'm very grateful to all the coaching staff, medical staff, back room staff and players at the club over the last 13 years who have helped me along the way.. And of course the fans for the support! It's been an incredible experience for me and I'm very lucky to have been part of such a great club for so many years. There's been highs and lows but I've learnt so much that will hopefully stand me in good stead for the rest of my career. It's the right time for me to move on and kick start the next chapter of my career but I'll forever be a red at heart. Thanks for everything! ⚽️❤️🔴
Football is a cruel game, and sometimes certain things are just not meant to be. And such is the case with Keane, a regular goalscorer at youth level for a number of years, but for some reason cruelly denied a chance to excel in the first-team through injury.
His debut against Blackburn was soon followed by a serious ligament injury, whilst his one and only appearance under Louis van Gaal lasted just five minutes after the striker, introduced on 71 minutes, rocketed a shot against the post before pulling up. It was as if the world was gently informing Keane that, try as he might, a career at Old Trafford was never going to materialise.