Manchester United have surprisingly recalled striker Will Keane in a bid to resolve their attacking problems, according to the Mirror.
Keane had been on a season-long loan deal with Championship side Preston, where he has only scored twice in 22 appearances in all competitions, but Louis van Gaal has taken him back to Old Trafford with immediate effect.
According to the paper, the 22-year-old asked the United manager on Tuesday for a chance to prove himself in the Premier League. After listening to Keane’s arguments, it seems that the Dutchman has agreed to give him a chance to make his mark.
The Reds have been relatively blunt in front of goal this season and have only scored 10 goals in the last 14 games, with van Gaal having no alternatives to replace Wayne Rooney or Anthony Martial up top after sending James Wilson on loan to Brighton in November.
Keane had been highly tipped to become a top player as a youngster, even winning United’s Young Player of the Year award in the 2009-10 season. He eventually made his debut for the Reds during a 3-2 defeat to Blackburn on Christmas Eve in 2011, but bad luck was about to strike the Stockport-born striker.
A knee ligament injury suffered on international duty with England ruled him out for the entire 2012-13 season and since then, Keane has been sent out on loan to Wigan, Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday before this current loan spell with Preston.
Earlier this month, Keane expressed his desire to play for United again, stating:
My full focus is on Preston. But long term, my aim is still to play for United because I’ve been with them for a number of years.
The knee injury I got there a few years ago wasn’t the best timing because I had just got in the squad at United.
I’ve got to try and make up for lost time and this loan with Preston is helping me. My fitness is good and this is a great club to play for.