Manchester United loanee Michael Keane admits he’s disappointed to have missed out on a potential place in the Louis van Gaal’s defence.
Keane, 21, joined Burnley on loan until January after agreeing an 11th-hour deadline day deal, but has since seen his parent club’s injury crisis provide opportunities for fellow academy graduates Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair.
The promising defender admits he's pleased to see his United teammates getting their chance, but can’t help but wish that it was him.
“To see those young players playing there, while I’m happy for them, I’m also obviously gutted that it wasn’t me,” he told Sky Sports News HQ.
“But it’s just one of those things. There’s nothing I can do about it. There’s nothing I can do to get back there so I just have to be patient, keep working hard here and wait for my chance.”
Keane struggled to break into the Burnley side over the first few months of the season, but earned his first two starts for the club over the past week in the 1-1 draws with Aston Villa and Newcastle United, respectively.
After being forced to wait until November 8 for their first league win, the Clarets have since extended their unbeaten run to four matches, with the England Under-21 international hailing the newfound confidence in the dressing room.
“Ever since that first win we’ve had, there’s been a big weight lifted off our shoulders,” Keane said.
“There’s a good buzz around the squad and we go into every game thinking we can get something from it, whether it’s one of the top teams or one of the teams around us.
“That’s all we can do really, keep doing what we’re doing at the minute and if we do get a bad result here or there then we’ve just got to get on with it and make sure that belief stays there.”
Currently sitting 18th in the table, with 12 points from their 14 games, Burnley travel to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, hoping to claim their third win of the season and climb out of the drop zone in the process.