Manchester United coach on 21-year-old Will Keane: 'He was the best in the country'

Manchester United reserve team coach Warren Joyce is hopeful Will Keane can kick on.

Will Keane struck a welcome hat-trick for Manchester United's under-21s this week, re-emphasising his potential.

The striker has yet to really recover his form after a serious knee ligament injury, with loan spells at Wigan and QPR proving fruitless.

United coach Warren Joyce, speaking after Keane's hat-trick over Accrington Stanley, has admitted the Red Devils made a mistake by sending him out on loan.

He told "To be totally honest, last year before he went out on loan, I didn't see it and thought he went out on loan too early.

"He wasn't really in top form in training so it was not really a shock when he struggled to find his rhythm out on loan."

Joyce is confident that Keane can get back to knocking on the door of the first team, which he was prior to his injury, now of course being overtaken in the pecking order by 18-year-old James Wilson.

"He was out a while and we're trying to build his workload up and we'll continue to do that to get him back to what he was.

"Will was the best player in the country at reserves level and you don't lose that ability. You don't lose that talent. There is no timescale on it, just volume of work to get him back to that."

The comments are a huge compliment for Keane in terms of what he 'was', and the cruel timing of his injury has seen the England under-21 international lose crucial ground.

With his contract coming to an end next June, the striker has all the motivation he needs to now kick on, and his hat-trick can be the all-important confidence booster he needs to make it happen.

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