Manchester United fans react on Twitter to Michael Keane sale

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Manchester United fans took to twitter on Thursday to react to news of Michael Keane's permanent move to Burnley.

With injuries crippling Manchester United’s defence in recent months, fans could be forgiven for wondering why the club have made the decision to sell the promising Michael Keane to Burnley for an undisclosed fee.

Keane, 21, joined the Clarets on loan for the first half of the season at the summer deadline, and has since made 13 total appearances for the Premier League club.

A well-regarded prospect when coming up through the ranks at Old Trafford, the England Under-21 captain was part of United’s FA Youth Cup-winning side in 2011 as a right-back, but made just five total appearances for the firs-team from October 2011.

Nevertheless, there were high expectations for his future in Louis van Gaal’s side and, after the club’s recent injury crisis saw fellow academy graduates Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair make their mark, the defender himself admitted to being frustrated at missing out on his chance while at Turf Moor.

“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 last month.

“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 patience, keep working hard here and wait for my chance.”

While Keane at least has the chance to start afresh now he has moved on, a sizeable number of United fans appear to think that offloading him now is premature, with the general sentiment being that he could offer more than both McNair and Blackett in the long-term.

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