The Bluebirds are seemingly a step closer to capturing one of their loan targets for the coming season.
Keane figured in the Red’s pre-season tour to America this summer, where Van Gaal took the opportunity to look at some of the fringe players that he may have at his disposal in years to come.
But it seems at least for now that Keane won’t feature in the Dutchman’s immediate plans, and looks set to take a drop to the Championship to firm up Cardiff’s defence.
The Bluebirds, back in the second-tier following their relegation from the Premier League last season, opened their campaign with a 1-1 draw away to Blackburn on Friday night, with their defence being a big talking point.
Captain Mark Hudson and Matthew Connolly started at centre-back, while Ben Turner and Juan Cala remain injured. Four centre-halves is normally enough, but Solskjaer is pursuing greater quality before the end of the transfer window.
The gap left by Steven Caulker, who moved to QPR, is yet to be filled, with Cardiff also unsuccessful in landing Jose Fonte from Southampton.
Manager Solskjaer looks once again to be turning to his former club to help get the Welsh club up and running again. Last season he signed left-back Fabio, as well as Wilfried Zaha on loan, but both were unable to prevent their relegation fate.
Michael Keane is now expected to be the latest aid from Manchester United, with a deal for a season long loan that could be confirmed as early as Monday afternoon.