Michael Keane reportedly agreed personal terms with Manchester United before the club decided to move for Victor Lindelof instead. Ed Woodward was working hard to sign a centre-back in 2017 and was exploring the possibility of bringing former defender Keane back to the club.

Keane joined the club in 2004 from South Manchester Juniors and went on to make just one appearance for the first team.

He spent time on loan at Leicester, Derby, Blackburn and Burnley before joining the Clarets on a permanent deal in 2015.

After just two years at Turf Moor, United were already keen to bring him back to Old Trafford.

According to The Athletic, Keane even agreed personal terms after a phone call from Jose Mourinho.

The move fell apart though after Mourinho set his sights on Lindelof of Benfica.

The report states that club figures were not universally in agreement on his £31million arrival and some staff preferred a move for Keane.

He has since claimed he always preferred a move to Everton, where he received assurances of regular game time.

“[United] were in touch with my agent and showed a lot of interest,” Keane told The Times.

“They wanted me, but a few things happened and I thought Everton would be the best place for me to come.

“I thought I would get a lot of game time here, more than I possibly would at Manchester United, and that was a massive factor in my decision.

“To be honest, having been at Burnley for three years, I wasn’t a fan of the club like I used to be.

“I wasn’t as big a fan of Man United as I had been, so I had to sort of put that to one side and just think rationally about what would be best for me as a footballer.”

source: express.co.uk


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