Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Manchester United Want Another Reunion: Will This Help Fortify Their Defence?

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Abhishek Majumdar
Editor in Chief of The 4th Official. A man in his thirties who worries about the nuances of the financial aspects of football and how it will impact the game in the long term.

Manchester United, the current possessor of the world’s costliest player Paul Pogba, has been facing difficulties in almost all their fronts this season. While at times Mourinho’s super defensive tactics have yielded clean sheets, it is not a secret that he wants better players to impose a balance in the team.

Michael Keane, a former Manchester United player has been once again linked with a move back to Old Trafford.  The English defender is in good form and is currently playing for Burnley. He even got his maiden call-up to the national side very recently.

Two years ago, Michael Keane was sold to Burnley with the Dutchman Louis van Gaal in charge of the Red Devils. The 24-year-old has been since playing regularly in the Premier League, exposing him to an invaluable experience of better match reading and strengthening his defensive aspects. Now, two years down the line, Keane has become an impressive player nevertheless, raising his game to get a call for the national duties.

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Michael Keane’s excellent performance for his team in the Premier League this season has attracted a number of big-name clubs like Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham to rope him in for the next season. However, his old club Manchester United currently looks to be on top of the list to sign this young defender.

Keane has been a crucial part of the Burnley line-up for the current season, giving their defence a world of solidarity. In his 33 appearances for the club, he has also contributed with 2 goals. He has a superb ability to win balls in aerial duels, along with a strong quality to intercept balls. Among his other specialities, concentration over the ball during the game along with the ability to block vicious shots from the opposition on goal deserves mention. However, the one thing that he has to work on to become a world class player is his ability to tackle the opponents cleanly.

The much-desired centre back has a price tag of £30 million on him. His former club Manchester United are on the way to discuss terms with Burnley in order to acquire the services of the 24-year-old defender for the next season. Jose Mourinho looks desperate to bring in someone as good as Keane to solve the problems at the heart of the defence in the next season, the current one being a dismal and injury plagued one for the Red Devils’ defenders.

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