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Will Keane scores first goal on loan at Sheffield Wednesday

by Richard Laverty

Manchester United loanee scored his first professional goal on Saturday as he helped Sheffield Wednesday to a draw with Cardiff City.

The 22-year-old slotted away a second half penalty and rewarded the faith the manager had shown in him, Stuart Gray had been quick to praise Keane before he’d even made his debut after joining on loan.

The striker previously had loan spells with both Queens Park Rangers and Wigan as he recovered from a serious injury that saw his progress at Old Trafford halted but had failed to find the net for either.

Under Sir Alex Ferguson, Keane appeared to be the heir to the throne and after constant impressive performance at U21 level, Keane was handed his debut against Blackburn in 2011.

But a serious injury picked up shortly after ensured that is still Keane’s last first team appearance but he has returned to good form for the U21s and Louis van Gaal saw enough in Keane to take him on the pre-season tour last summer.

Keane’s first goal for Sheffield Wednesday will fill him with confidence but given his contract is up in the summer, it may be that injury has put pay to his Old Trafford future and he is now playing for a contract elsewhere next season.

The striker also hasn’t been helped by the arrival of James Wilson to the first team, the 19-year-old already has four senior goals, two of them coming in the last few games and he certainly surpassed Keane in the pecking order.

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