Burnley Star Michael Keane Reveals Sir Alex Ferguson's 'Special' Deed During His Academy Days

Alex Elleman

Former Manchester United youth star Michael Keane has shown plenty of potential with Burnley this season. The 24-year-old has been one of the Clarets stand-out performers in a season that has yet to see them secure Premier League survival.

Keane has reportedly garnered interest from both Liverpool and his former side Manchester United as both look to line up bids for the defender once the transfer window reopens.


Although it is Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp who has openly praised the new England International, Keane could look to resign for the club he received his education through and left a mere two seasons ago.

While United won't have to pay as much for a Keane return as they did for Paul Pogba, it would be a welcome return to Jose Mourinho's side, as they look to return to the top of the Premier League after another underwhelming season.

The defender clearly remembers his time at Old Trafford fondly, and revealed to ​The Times, that Sir Alex Ferguson did something special for the youngster during his younger years.

When Keane was going through the ranks at United, his weekly wages couldn't cover the cost of an education, while he was trying to establish himself as a professional footballer.

Manchester United v Burnley - Premier League
Manchester United v Burnley - Premier League

"The lads on scholar contracts got £115 a week," Kean revealed.

"I was just on expenses, £40. Sir Alex said: 'I know you've quit college for this - how are you studying?

"I told him I had tutors. He made me go to his office and tell him how many hours a week and the cost. He refunded what I'd paid, then paid for the rest. Touches like that made him special."

With Burnley and Keane looking to secure Premier League survival this season, it might not be too long that the former Manchester United schoolboy gets his homecoming. 

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