Manchester United Reserves team manager Warren Joyce has claimed that England U21 striker Will Keane is returning to his best form after his hat trick against Accrington Stanley last week.
However, the experienced coach has asked for patience despite the flurry of goals given Keane suffered a serious knee injury in 2012 whilst playing for the England U19 side.
Keane, 21, had spells on loan at Championship sides Wigan Athletic and Queens Park Rangers last season but didn’t hit the kind of form he is capable of so soon after returning from the injury.
Speaking to MUTV off the back of Keane’s hat trick against Accrington Stanley, Joyce said: “I’m delighted for him and pleased he scored the goals.
“He has had to work very hard for a long time now and it’s just the start of his comeback trail really. I think he can do more anyway. We’ve still got to have high demands on him. Because he was such a quality player, there is no point being soft on him and setting his standards lower.”
Keane was part of the successful youth team side that won the 2011 FA Youth Cup playing alongside his brother Michael, Paul Pogba and Ravel Morrison in a team that many believed could be the core of the first team in years to come. As it happened, Pogba and Morrison moved on whilst Michael is currently on loan at Premier League side Burnley.
It’s not fanciful to suggest Will would have made his first team debut if not for the injury given James Wilson was handed his first start towards the back end of last season and Joyce says the striker is working as hard as ever to make up for lost time.
“He has got to have high standards because he was a top-drawer player,” he added.
“There were even some angry words for him at half time but he’s got to keep working away, putting in the shifts in the training ground and putting the work in to get back to where he was.”