Former Sheffield Wednesday loanee Will Keane set for Manchester United first team opportunity

Will Keane in action for Sheffield Wednesday
Will Keane in action for Sheffield Wednesday
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Manchester United are planning to bring former Sheffield Wednesday loanee Will Keane into the first-team squad following his recall from a loan spell at Preston.

United cut short Keane's season-long loan at Deepdale last week.

The 22-year-old striker scored two goals in 22 matches for the Championship club, but United manager Louis van Gaal has a shortage of strikers in his squad.

Keane returned to action for United in their Under-21 win over Tottenham on Monday and could now be in the first team squad as van gaal's side take on Sheffield United in the FA Cup on Saturday evening,

"I think that's the idea of him coming back from Preston, that hopefully he'll be involved with the first team more than the Under-21s," United youth coach Tommy Martin said when asked if Keane would be now be pushing for a place in the first-team squad.

After being named United's young player of the year in 2010, Keane made his first-team debut against Blackburn the following season, but has not played for the club since.

The United academy graduate missed the 2012-13 season with a knee-ligament injury and was loaned to Wigan, QPR and Sheffield Wednesday after his rehabilitation.

He made 13 appearances for Wednesday, scoring three goals.

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