Will Keane hoping to earn Manchester United opportunity under Louis van Gaal

Will Keane hoping to earn Manchester United opportunity under Louis van Gaal

Will Keane is hoping his impressive loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday will catch the eye of Louis van Gaal so he can breakthrough into Manchester United’s first-team next season.

Keane joined Man United as a youth player and spent time at Wigan Athletic and Queens Park Rangers before securing a loan spell at Wednesday in January.

He has gone on to score three goals in ten appearances for the Owls, impressing manager Stuart Gray, and is hoping to use the experience to boost his chances of making United’s first-team squad in the next campaign.

Speaking about his loan spell, Keane said: ”I’ve enjoyed it very much so far. It’s been good experience for me as, up to now, I’ve been playing in every game which has been pleasing. It’s the reason I came here – to get games under my belt.

“I think maybe this is a bit more like reality [here] because you get caught in a little bubble at United. Only a certain number of clubs have those facilities and you can take it for granted a bit at times. It’s a different experience and something I’ve taken to. I’ve got to enjoy the challenge.

“My aim is to hopefully come back to United and be involved in the set-up there. That’s what I set out to do. At the moment, I’m here until the end of the season and want to give everything here. Hopefully, I can keep playing well and scoring goals and then reassess the situation at the end of the season.

“My aim is to get in the Premier League, hopefully with United, and I’ll have to see how the squad is at the end of the season, speak to the manager and take it from there.

“By playing well here [for Sheffield Wednesday], it will help me get recognised. I keep in touch and speak to Warren [Joyce] quite regularly. He’s very keen to keep an eye on the games, which is good, and I speak to him after them. He gives me tips on what I can do better and these general chats help me. It’s good to know they [the United coaches] are watching.”

A knee injury threatened to derail Keane’s progress at Hillsborough but the youngster was thankfully given the all clear and he has flourished at Wednesday.

Van Gaal has shown he is not afraid of promoting young talent given the fortunes of James Wilson, Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair this season so it is certainly not out of the question for Keane to do the same when he returns to United in the summer, especially when United’s strikers continue to misfire.

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Ben graduated with a first-class honours degree in Journalism from the University of Sheffield and he was The Peoples Person's co-editor between March 2015-16. He is now a regular contributor and freelancer.