Burnley defender says he deserved more chances at Manchester United

Michael Keane England

Michael Keane has claimed that he was unlucky not to be given a bigger opportunity to succeed at the Red Devils.

Burnley centre-back Michael Keane has told the Football League Paper that he feels he was unlucky not to get more first-team opportunities at Manchester United, but insists that he does not regret leaving Old Trafford.

The 23-year-old came through the United academy but left the club to sign for the Clarets after playing just five times in all competitions for the 20-time league champions and appearing just once in the Premier League.

Keane spent the majority of his Red Devils career out on loan, and after playing 11 matches for Burnley in a temporary spell at the start of last season he joined the then-Premier League club permanently in January.

Lous van Gaal's United side have been blighted by defensive injuries throughout the current campaign, something which could have left Keane wishing he had continued to wait it out for his big opportunity.

However, he insisted to the Football League Paper that he is happy with his decision to leave the club, but not before admitting that a similar injury crisis in his time at Old Trafford may well have provided him with more chances to impress.

He said: "Do I think I’m unfortunate not to have got more of a chance at United? Yeah. But I’ve got no regrets about leaving. Being here [at Burnley] has improved me as a player.

"It was a choice between playing every week in the Premier League or playing for the reserves. At 21, it was an obvious decision [but] I was at United for 10 or 11 years so it wasn’t easy."

However, the former England Under-21 international, whose twin brother Will is still waiting for his chance at Old Trafford, did admit that he is desperate to return to the top flight with Burnley.

"I don’t see why [we can't get promoted]," he added. "The gaffer has done it before. So have a lot of the players. And, while I’ve loved the Championship, I want to be back in the Premier League."

Burnley are currently fourth in the Championship table, just two points off an automatic promotion spot.

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