'Magnificent' Manchester United starlet wins manager's praise

Derby County Huddle

Michael Keane won the praise of former England manager Steve McClaren in light of their 1-1 draw with Huddersfield.

Derby County failed in their attempt to rack up eight straight wins on the bounce, but there was still special praise reserved for the Derby centre backs, which included on-loan Manchester United star Michael Keane.

'I thought Jake Buxton and Michael Keane were magnificent, as was Lee Grant behind them.

'It was a big test for us without Keogh because he has been vital.

'Individually, we defended very well and as a unit we defended very well and that is what got us a point really.

'Michael Keane looked as though he has played there all his life.

'We needed that and we needed Granty's saves'

It was the defenders full debut for the club, having replaced the injured Richard Keogh in Derby's 3-1 win at home to Doncaster earlier in the week. And with Keogh out for a month, he will continue to be the first choice for the Rams as they look to put themselves top of the league.

Michael Keane has spoken of a possible extension to his current loan deal at the iPro Stadium and could look to play a big part in Derby County's promotion push under Steve McClaren.

'I'd definitely be interested in staying,

'Obviously, we'll have to wait and see what United think at the time and see if I'm playing games. That's the most important thing for me.

'But I have enjoyed myself and if I keep enjoying myself and keep playing football then I'd love to stay'

The key aspect for the United youngster is one day to become a first team player at United and in his current loan environment, it could really help his chances for next season. With the Rams in their current position, few would argue that Keane would be better suited elsewhere and he is certainly one for United fans to keep an eye on.

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