Manchester United’s Michael Keane has joined Derby County on a loan deal that will see him stay at the Championship club until at least January 2, the club has confirmed.
The 20-year-old deserves this second loan spell in two seasons after what has been continued progression through the United ranks and into the England Under-21s side, where he has established himself as one of Gareth Southgate’s regulars.
Last season, Keane left United on a similar deal to Leicester City and it was a loan spell that really opened up the doors for Keane. He extended his stay there, excelled and reached the play-off semi-final where he cruelly lost but he was short-listed for their Player of the Year awards for how well he played.
This season, he has found his goalscoring boots with England with superb form and if he can make the most out of this loan spell at Derby, first team football with United can’t be far away especially as Rio Ferdinand is coming towards the end of his career.
Curiously enough, Keane’s first game will be against Wigan Athletic this weekend and if Owen Coyle wrapped up the loan signing of Will Keane before the end of the emergency window, the brothers will face each other in competitive football. That’ll take their sibling rivalry up a notch.