Michael Keane (footballer, born 1993)
Keane playing for England U19 in 2012
|Full name||Michael Vincent Keane|
|Date of birth||11 January 1993|
|Place of birth||Stockport, England|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|2012–2013||→ Leicester City (loan)||22||(2)|
|2013–2014||→ Derby County (loan)||4||(0)|
|2014||→ Blackburn Rovers (loan)||13||(3)|
|2010–2011||Republic of Ireland U17||2||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:54, 5 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Michael Vincent Keane (born 11 January 1993) is an English footballer who plays as a defender for Manchester United. Keane has represented the Republic of Ireland at U17 and England at U20 and U21 levels and was named as Manchester United's Reserve Player of the Year in 2012. His twin brother, Will, is also a footballer, playing for Manchester United as a striker.
Keane signed professional forms at Manchester United on his 18th birthday on 11 January 2011 and made his senior debut in the League Cup on 25 October 2011, coming as a substitute in the 70th minute in United's fourth round victory over Aldershot Town. On 28 January 2012 he was again named on the bench, this time against rivals Liverpool in the FA Cup. However he was an unused substitute and the match finished 2–1 to Liverpool.
He made his debut against Newcastle United in the League Cup on 26 September 2012, alongside Scott Wootton as a centre-back. Following the match, teammate Darren Fletcher praised him for being "fantastic".
Keane won the award for the Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year in 2012. He was the clear winner with 60% of the votes, beating Jesse Lingard (24%) and Larnell Cole (16%). He made 27 appearances in all competitions for the reserve team in the 2011–12 season, during which he scored five goals. The reserve team won the Reserve League North and the national play-off final that season. Keane told MUTV: "I was surprised but really pleased to win the award. It's great to know that it's been voted for by the fans, because they come to watch us and follow us throughout the season."
Loan to Leicester City
On 6 November 2012, Keane alongside his teammate Jesse Lingard joined Leicester City on loan until 3 December 2012. This was later extended to 2 January 2013. Keane made his debut for Leicester City on 6 November 2012, in a 0–0 draw away to Bolton Wanderers. On 4 January 2013, Keane extended his stay at Leicester until the end of January and was given permission by United to play in the FA Cup for Leicester. On 24 January 2013, Keane extended his stay at Leicester until the end of the season. On 12 February, Keane scored his first senior goal, in a 2–1 defeat to Huddersfield Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup. On 5 March, he scored a 90th minute header against Leeds United to gain Leicester a point in a 1–1 draw.
Loan to Derby County
On 28 November 2013, after receiving offers from Charlton Athletic, Derby County, Middlesbrough and Millwall, Keane opted to join Derby County on loan until 2 January 2014. He made his debut for Derby on 7 December 2013, coming on in the 73rd minute of a 5–1 win against Blackpool. He almost scored with a header from a corner in the 92nd minute but his effort was saved and Richard Keogh headed in the rebound. The loan deal was extended by a further month on 2 January 2014, with Keane now able to play for Derby in the FA Cup. On 30 January 2014, Derby County sent him back to Manchester United after signing George Thorne on loan from West Bromwich Albion.
Loan to Blackburn Rovers
On 7 March 2014, Keane joined Championship side Blackburn Rovers on loan for the remainder of the 2013–14 season. Keane was handed the number 16 shirt number for his time at Ewood Park. He made his debut for the club on 9 March, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 defeat at home to local rivals Burnley. Keane returned to Old Trafford on the completion of the Championship season and was named on the bench for Manchester United's last home game of the season against Hull City.
Although he was born in England, Keane is of Irish ancestry, making him eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland national team. He has represented Ireland at under-17, trained with the under-18 and under-19 levels, but he expressed his desire to play for the England under-19 team and hoped to be included in the squad for the friendly against the Czech Republic in February 2012. He made his debut for the under-19 team on 25 May 2012, in a 5–0 win against Slovenia during which his brother Will scored twice. He was named in manager Noel Blake's squad for the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, and helped England reach the semi-finals. On 25 March 2013, Keane made his debut for the England under-21 team, replacing Andre Wisdom in the 77th minute of a 4–0 win against Austria at the Falmer Stadium.
On 14 November 2013, Keane opened the scoring from James Ward-Prowse's free-kick after only 21 minutes. The England U21 team went on to beat the Finland U21 team 3–0 in a convincing win. Keane repeated the feat for the second match in a row five days later, heading in Tom Ince's corner in the 13th minute. The England U21 team went on to beat the San Marino U21 team 9–0, a record win.
|Club||Season||League||Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other[nb 1]||Total|
|Leicester City (loan)||2012–13||22||2||3||1||–||–||2||0||27||3|
|Derby County (loan)||2013–14||7||0||–||–||–||–||7||0|
|Blackburn Rovers (loan)||2013–14||13||3||–||–||–||–||13||3|
Statistics accurate as of match played 3 May 2014.
- Includes other competitive competitions, including the FA Community Shield and the Football League play-offs.
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- Michael Keane – UEFA competition record
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