United starlet lacks stomach for first team fight, what will it mean in the future?

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Manchester United starlet Michael Keane has returned to Old Trafford after losing his place in the Derby County side, but how will this impact his future?

Earlier today, Steve McClaren confirmed that on-loan Manchester United starlet Michael Keane has returned to his parent club after citing lack of game time as the reason for not prolonging his Derby County stay.


As reported, the Derby County management still rate the England U21 centre-back and would like him to stay for the rest of the season. But he has indicated that he may go somewhere else for more game time.

The attitude from the young defender, may not mean a lot currently as he is still progressing and he can be forgiven for wanting game time. However, it shows a lack of stomach in the face of competition that he could and should be trying to get ahead in order to play first team football.

His performances for Derby were okay, if not a little underwhelming. He showed himself in a good light more often than not but his spell at the iPro Stadium has been overshadowed by his poor performance against former side Leicester, an appearance that could prove to be his last.

The challenges are only going to get harder for the 21-year-old defender and proving to the management at Manchester United that he does have the stomach to fight for his place in a promotion pushing Championship side could have seen him progress faster for the club.

It remains to be seen where the talented defender will go and how he will perform at his next club.

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