After over a year out injured, Manchester United striker Will Keane finally returned to action last night in the Barclays under-21 Premier League. And the 20-year-old picked up where he left off with United’s first goal in their 4-1 win over Bolton.
The match marks a turning point in Keane’s long-term recovery from a cruciate ligament injury. And he will hope to use this season to stake his claim for the first-team place that was cruelly lost after the injury he suffered on England under-19 duty in the summer of 2012.
United’s other goals last night came from Jesse Lingard, who struck twice, and Tom Thorpe.
In other news, Rio Ferdinand has spoken about potential punishments for those caught diving during a match. The offence is under the spotlight once more after Ashley Young’s simulation against Crystal Palace on Saturday. But the England defender has called for consistency across all competitions.
“You go into the Champions League and you have been told in the Premier League you are not meant to dive, then you get players from other countries who simulate,” Ferdinand said.
As David Moyes prepares to lead United in Europe for the first time tonight, he has been speaking to the Express about his hopes for the new Champions League campaign.
“I’m managing a club which is used to getting close to the final stages and hopefully we will try to do that again,” he said.
United’s first group stage opponents are Bayer Leverkusen, who will be a considerable threat having started their Bundesliga campaign in excellent form.
And finally, after United introduced the world to their Belgian starlet Adnan Januzaj this summer, reports claim they are interested in signing another player from his former club Anderlecht.
Youri Tielemans is the latest midfielder to be linked with a move to Old Trafford. And despite being just 16, he has already featured for Anderlecht’s first team, also scoring eight goals in 10 games for his country’s under-16 side.
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