Should United prolong starlet's loan stay at Derby County?

Manchester United's highly-rated young defender Michael Keane currently stands to end his loan spell at the iPro Stadium after Derby County's game on Tuesday night against Yeovil Town.

Former England manager Steve McClaren has admitted his desire to keep the Manchester United starlet but admits the decision isn't in his hands.

''We have got him to the Yeovil game and then it is up to Manchester United and himself to make the decision but we definitely want to keep him to the end of the season,'' said McClaren.

On the subject on incomings if Keane goes, McClaren said:

''I hope that Michael can see he will get games here, that his development will carry on at a good level.

''I think it is an area in which we have to look if we lose Michael.

''Hopefully, we can keep him.''

The 21-year-old has enjoyed a good run of games in the Derby's first team due to an injury to captain Richard Keogh, however, since his return Keane is yet to play a minute of football.

It's an unfortunate situation for the young player, but with perseverance he could break into the team on merit and earn the right to play a big part in Derby County's promotion push.

It's a good lesson of character for the England U21 defender, who could go elsewhere and play week in, week out at another club but will know that if he shies away from the challenge of breaking into the Derby first team, it's going to be very difficult for him at United. 

Another player in a similar situation to Keane at Derby County, is Chelsea starlet Patrick Bamford. The former Nottingham Forest trainee has thrust himself into first-team contention with high quality performances from the bench and Keane should take heed.

If you want to play for the very top sides in the country and even the world, you have to prove yourself in these situations and not run from them.

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