Manchester United youngster Michael Keane has explained how he came about to join Burnley on loan on transfer deadline day.
The 21-year-old is a United academy graduate but has made just one Premier League appearance for the Red Devils. For the past few years, he has been gaining experience in the Championship, but this time he can feature in the English top flight.
At Burnley, the defender is not guaranteed playing time, but he is certainly going to have more chances than he would have at United under new manager Louis van Gaal.
And that’s the main reason why he decided to leave Old Trafford for Turf Moor until January 2015.
‘It was hectic [on deadline day] and I didn't expect anything to happen when it got to 5pm but I had a call from my brother [Will] and he'd had a call from United saying Burnley were interested’, he told MUTV.
‘When I heard that there was a chance to go and get some games in the Premier League, perhaps more than I would at United, I wanted to jump at the chance.
‘He [manager Sean Dyche] came to St George's Park to speak to me that night and convinced me it was the right place to come to. Once I'd spoken to him, I agreed and I'm looking forward to the challenge’.
The fact that United farmed out Keane on loan instead of selling him outright demonstrates their faith in his potential.
And the young Englishman too is determined to carve out a career for himself at the 20-time English champions, making it clear that his ultimate objective is to make himself a regular in Van Gaal’s defence.
‘First things first, I want as many games as possible to show everyone I can play at Premier League level’, said Keane. ‘I need to make myself known at this level and help Burnley climb the table.
‘Obviously, because I'm in the same league as Manchester United, once I go into the United team, hopefully, I'll know what to expect playing in the Premier League and that will help me’.
It’s a long way to go for Keane to achieve his United dreams, but his determination to succeed and develop himself shows that he is ready for the challenge.