Michael Keane explains why he rejected Manchester United over the summer

Michael Keane explains why he rejected Manchester United over the summer

Michael Keane has revealed he turned down significant interest from Manchester United to sign for Everton in the summer.

Keane left Man United for Burnley under Louis van Gaal for £2.5million, and reportedly could have re-joined the Reds for £30m, only to eventually join Everton instead.

The 24-year-old told The Times that he thought he’d get more gametime at Goodison Park, and that he had partially fallen out of love with United since leaving the club in 2015.

“United were in touch with my agent and showed a lot of interest,” Keane said. “They wanted me, but a few things happened and I thought Everton would be the best place for me to come.

“I thought I would get a lot of game time here, more than I possibly would at Manchester United, and that was a massive factor in my decision.

“To be honest, having been at Burnley for three years, I wasn’t a fan of the club like I used to be. I wasn’t as big a fan of Man United as I had been, so I had to sort of put that to one side and just think rationally about what would be best for me as a footballer.”

United bought Victor Lindelöf over the summer and, although he’s yet to properly settle, he could prove to be a better buy than Keane.

The English defender is correct in believing he’ll be able to develop and play more at Everton, but it must have been a difficult choice, having proven his doubters at Old Trafford wrong in the two years since he left.

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