Blackburn Rovers land highly-rated Manchester United defender until the end of the season

Michael Keane England

Blackburn Rovers have completed a deal to sign Manchester United's Michael Keane on loan until the summer.

After impressing last season for Leicester City, the 21-year-old central defender has made the switch to Ewood Park, following a brief spell at Derby County earlier in the campaign. Tipped to be a star of the future, Keane is looking to gain some vital match experience so he can push on when he rejoins United in the summer. 

"I'm delighted to finally join."

"It has been a rumour for a while now, so I'm just glad to get it all sorted."

"I've got a bit of experience now in the Championship and I know what it takes to play well in these games, so I'm looking to play well on Sunday and hit the ground running and keep that form up," Keane explained to Blackburn's official website, ahead of Blackburn's match up against local rivals Burnley. 

Keane is a product of United's youth system and has made three appearances for the Red Devils, all coming in the League Cup. The 6ft 2in defender won many plaudits during his loan spell with Leicester last season and the Foxes's manager Nigel Pearson was keen to keep the youngster but Manchester United manager, David Moyes, wanted to keep in the first team squad at Old Trafford. 

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer, spoke of his delight to have secured the services of the 21-year-old;

"He is highly sought after."

"An England international at Under-21 level."

"He has had a good education with Manchester United and he has got experience already in the Championship with his time on loan at Leicester and Derby - two top clubs."

"We are delighted."

The England Under-21 international joined Steve McClaren at Derby County in November but Keane's spell at the club was short lived. He failed to secure a starting role at the club but did make eight appearances and after the loan signing of West Brom's George Thorne, fell down the pecking order. 

Keane is sure to play a pivotal role for the rest of Blackburn's season, as their play off ambitions have been hurt by their growing injury list. The new signing is looking forward to taking on second placed rivals Burnley on Sunday; 

"I'm sure it will be a tough game, but I'm confident we can get a result. I'm really looking forward to it. I hope it is my debut and I'll make sure I'm ready to do well."

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