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William Keane – Manchester United’s next big star

by Sam Peoples

By Phil Texel

Arguably one of the the best raw talents to hit Manchester of late, William Keane has always been a keen footballer. Signing school boy forms with Manchester United when he turned 14 and gradually working his was up through the academy, he has comfortably started out in his natural position as a centre forward – being two footed and able to head the ball very well for such a young talent helped his progress no end. In 2010, William was a key part of the England under 17 side that went onto win the UEFA European under 17 championship, notching three goals in  15 appearances which included a place in the final.

William with the Jimmy Murphy Player of the Year Award, 2009. Photo: Manutd.com

In 2009, William was rewarded for his hard work when he signed professional terms with the club after they won the prestigious Milk Cup youth tournament in Northern Ireland. He capped the year off by also winning the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year Award at the Manchester United end of season awards. 2010/11 proved to be yet another successful year for Will, finishing top goal scorer at academy level. He was a key player in the team that triumphed in the FA Youth Cup, scoring a hat trick in a 4-0 semi final victory at Old Trafford, and soon became a regular in the reserve team in which he seemed to slip very comfortably.

In 2011, William then went on to make his first team debut on December 31 at Old Trafford against Blackburn Rovers. Again, he topped off another successful year by being involved in the reserve team that went on to complete a treble – winning the reserve Premier Northern section, reserve Premier League Play-off final & the Manchester Senior Cup, where William scored the winning goal.

Everything was falling into place for William and Sir Alex confirmed that he would have a spot in the first team squad for next season – then disaster struck. He ruptured his cruciate knee ligament while on international duty for England at Preston North End’s ground Deepdale and will miss six to eight months of football.

Whilst this is a massive blow to the progress of William, he is still very young and has time to recover from the injury and we have been assured by the Carrington staff that he will recover virtually unscathed, so watch this space for one of the hottest young talents of United and England’s future.

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