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Praise for Michael Keane

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has heaped praise on Manchester United loanee Michael Keane after he came on as a substitute to play a big part in their win over Premier League rivals Stoke City.

The 21-year-old was introduced with 14 minutes remaining in place of the injured Michael Duff and, despite a late Stoke surge, managed to help Burnley to an important 2-1 victory.

''Some of the younger players are learning a lot,'' Dyche was quoted as saying in the Lancashire Telegraph. "Keano came on and what a fantastic performance that was from the young man.

"Trust me, I was a centre-half and that was an ugly game to come into. I thought he was terrific for however many minutes he was on.

''That was a big growth for him as a young man. He made a couple of big headers. You're at your highest learning curve when you're playing first team football and never more so than at this level.'' 

It was the England Under-21 defender's second appearance for Burnley this season, both of which have been from the bench, and he couldn't have done more to stake a claim for a first start.  

Evans, Herrera and Januzaj in action tonight

Under-21 manager Warren Joyce had the benefit of picking three regular senior squad members for his starting XI as they faced Blackburn Rovers Rovers in the Lancashire Senior Cup quarter-finals. 

Ander Herrera and Adnan Januzaj were both included to get some much needed competitive action under their belts, while Johnny Evans is using the game as the next step in his recovery from injury.

Click here to see the confirmed United starting XI for the game against Blackburn.

Stevi Ritchie's dad hits out at Wayne Rooney

Richard Ritchie, the father of X Factor reject Stevi Ritchie, has blasted Wayne Rooney for a tweet that criticised his son's singing ability. 

Retired bank manager Richard was left fuming after the England captain moaned on Twitter about 'good singers going' while Stevi stayed in. 

''For Mr. Rooney to say he can't sing when he doesn't know his background is a little bit unfair,'' the singer's dad was quoted as saying in the Irish Daily Star.

''I think it's unfair for Mr Rooney to jump on the bandwagon and criticise him. He's hugely talented and he is going to be massive.''

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