Rovers target Keane eyeing place at United

Michael Keane

Michael Keane

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BLACKBURN Rovers target Michael Keane wants to stay at Manchester United and show new boss Louis van Gaal that he is ready to break into the first team at Old Trafford.

Keane impressed during a loan spell at Ewood Park in the latter stages of the 2013/14 season and Rovers are eager to bring him back to the club next term.

But the defender still has eyes on a first-team place at United – particularly after the recent appointment of Van Gaal.

He hopes to show the new boss that he can one day replace the now departed Rio Ferdinand in the centre of defence at Old Trafford.

“That’s the dream,” he said. “I still think I’ve got a chance of making it at United. While I still think I’ve got that chance I will stay and try to prove myself.”

Keane and his twin brother Will are among a number of young players hoping to break through at United.

“Hopefully we’ll have a good pre-season and prove ourselves,” he said. “If we do that, we’ll have a chance to play.”

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12:21pm Mon 2 Jun 14

RoverTheHill says...

Well, he just made any potential negotiations with Rovers much easier. No thanks.

Not knocking the lad for saying it, any of us would in his position, however we've had enough players who are looking outside of Blackburn instead of wanting to play for our shirt, there are many more talented players who we can target who want to play for us.

If last seasons signings are anything to go off, Bowyer will ideally have several potential targets already lined up. Another £100k Rudy Gestede-esque style signing in the defence and we'll be laughing all the way to the Premiership!
Well, he just made any potential negotiations with Rovers much easier. No thanks. Not knocking the lad for saying it, any of us would in his position, however we've had enough players who are looking outside of Blackburn instead of wanting to play for our shirt, there are many more talented players who we can target who want to play for us. If last seasons signings are anything to go off, Bowyer will ideally have several potential targets already lined up. Another £100k Rudy Gestede-esque style signing in the defence and we'll be laughing all the way to the Premiership! RoverTheHill
  • Score: 14

12:54pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Super_Clarets says...

Of course he was going to reject you, why any player would want to join the ranks of this sinking ship is beyond me. That's two rejections on the same day from Keane and Judge, one who see's a brighter future at Brentford, the other happy to play for Manchester United reserves ahead of joining Blackburn Rovers. Get the message yet?

What a shambles.
Of course he was going to reject you, why any player would want to join the ranks of this sinking ship is beyond me. That's two rejections on the same day from Keane and Judge, one who see's a brighter future at Brentford, the other happy to play for Manchester United reserves ahead of joining Blackburn Rovers. Get the message yet? What a shambles. Super_Clarets
  • Score: -30

1:34pm Mon 2 Jun 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

Good luck too the lad he did a good enough of a job standing in for us scoring 3 goals in the process, but don't think he would be happy playing at right back all the time otherwise it would mean dropping one of our regular centre backs. Not sure he will be good enough to replace Ferdinand though. In the mean time there will be plenty of other fish in the sea.
Good luck too the lad he did a good enough of a job standing in for us scoring 3 goals in the process, but don't think he would be happy playing at right back all the time otherwise it would mean dropping one of our regular centre backs. Not sure he will be good enough to replace Ferdinand though. In the mean time there will be plenty of other fish in the sea. A Rover 45 years and over
  • Score: 9

2:04pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Old age pensioner says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
Of course he was going to reject you, why any player would want to join the ranks of this sinking ship is beyond me. That's two rejections on the same day from Keane and Judge, one who see's a brighter future at Brentford, the other happy to play for Manchester United reserves ahead of joining Blackburn Rovers. Get the message yet?

What a shambles.
NH
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: Of course he was going to reject you, why any player would want to join the ranks of this sinking ship is beyond me. That's two rejections on the same day from Keane and Judge, one who see's a brighter future at Brentford, the other happy to play for Manchester United reserves ahead of joining Blackburn Rovers. Get the message yet? What a shambles.[/p][/quote]NH Old age pensioner
  • Score: 5

2:37pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Ronaldpetercooper says...

Well I doubt if he will get in the first team at Man U as there are at least three or four better players all ready there and it is understood that Van Gaul has his eye on at least one new signing. I think he did ok for us but never really looked premiership class. I do hope I am wrong but he could not get in the Derby team when there earlier. You never know but good luck to the lad.
Well I doubt if he will get in the first team at Man U as there are at least three or four better players all ready there and it is understood that Van Gaul has his eye on at least one new signing. I think he did ok for us but never really looked premiership class. I do hope I am wrong but he could not get in the Derby team when there earlier. You never know but good luck to the lad. Ronaldpetercooper
  • Score: 6

3:03pm Mon 2 Jun 14

dallydally says...

Some stupid comments above. Why wouldn't any player not want to get in the United side? A statement to that effect doesn't mean he is anti Rovers or not worthy of pulling on that shirt if he gets the chance. He is simply stating the obvious but if he is deemed surplus to their requirements we should go for him and by doing so try to sign someone who is clearly a quality footballer
Some stupid comments above. Why wouldn't any player not want to get in the United side? A statement to that effect doesn't mean he is anti Rovers or not worthy of pulling on that shirt if he gets the chance. He is simply stating the obvious but if he is deemed surplus to their requirements we should go for him and by doing so try to sign someone who is clearly a quality footballer dallydally
  • Score: 12

3:28pm Mon 2 Jun 14

theswayzeexpress says...

Reiterating most comments above (except one, yet again can we please stop replying to him. The lack of attention will soon shift him), keane did well for us and he has to believe he is ready for utd first team, personally I think he isn't ,and as soon as van gaal reveals his cards we might be able to coax him back. In the meantime bowyer needs to look elsewhere, right back a priority, and also sorting out rochina's future.
Reiterating most comments above (except one, yet again can we please stop replying to him. The lack of attention will soon shift him), keane did well for us and he has to believe he is ready for utd first team, personally I think he isn't ,and as soon as van gaal reveals his cards we might be able to coax him back. In the meantime bowyer needs to look elsewhere, right back a priority, and also sorting out rochina's future. theswayzeexpress
  • Score: 6

3:38pm Mon 2 Jun 14

bluenwhite says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
Of course he was going to reject you, why any player would want to join the ranks of this sinking ship is beyond me. That's two rejections on the same day from Keane and Judge, one who see's a brighter future at Brentford, the other happy to play for Manchester United reserves ahead of joining Blackburn Rovers. Get the message yet?

What a shambles.
ANY COMMENTS ON THE CLARETS PAGES? Of course not.
Thick as a plank :-)
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: Of course he was going to reject you, why any player would want to join the ranks of this sinking ship is beyond me. That's two rejections on the same day from Keane and Judge, one who see's a brighter future at Brentford, the other happy to play for Manchester United reserves ahead of joining Blackburn Rovers. Get the message yet? What a shambles.[/p][/quote]ANY COMMENTS ON THE CLARETS PAGES? Of course not. Thick as a plank :-) bluenwhite
  • Score: 5

3:45pm Mon 2 Jun 14

greenscreener says...

dallydally wrote:
Some stupid comments above. Why wouldn't any player not want to get in the United side? A statement to that effect doesn't mean he is anti Rovers or not worthy of pulling on that shirt if he gets the chance. He is simply stating the obvious but if he is deemed surplus to their requirements we should go for him and by doing so try to sign someone who is clearly a quality footballer
You are right, but I think the issue here is that he wants to spend pre-season working with United, hoping to get a chance to impress there in the early games. I think, as you say, we would like to take him for at least another 12 months but it doesn't help GB planning and preparing his squad if it's going to be September before young Keane figures out he's still a way down the pecking order at OT. Gary needs to be getting his defence well drilled from the start, not having to bring someone in at the last minute. Chances are he will give Henley another try or stick Lowe in there if Keane can't commit.
[quote][p][bold]dallydally[/bold] wrote: Some stupid comments above. Why wouldn't any player not want to get in the United side? A statement to that effect doesn't mean he is anti Rovers or not worthy of pulling on that shirt if he gets the chance. He is simply stating the obvious but if he is deemed surplus to their requirements we should go for him and by doing so try to sign someone who is clearly a quality footballer[/p][/quote]You are right, but I think the issue here is that he wants to spend pre-season working with United, hoping to get a chance to impress there in the early games. I think, as you say, we would like to take him for at least another 12 months but it doesn't help GB planning and preparing his squad if it's going to be September before young Keane figures out he's still a way down the pecking order at OT. Gary needs to be getting his defence well drilled from the start, not having to bring someone in at the last minute. Chances are he will give Henley another try or stick Lowe in there if Keane can't commit. greenscreener
  • Score: 5

5:24pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Welsh Rover says...

greenscreener wrote:
dallydally wrote:
Some stupid comments above. Why wouldn't any player not want to get in the United side? A statement to that effect doesn't mean he is anti Rovers or not worthy of pulling on that shirt if he gets the chance. He is simply stating the obvious but if he is deemed surplus to their requirements we should go for him and by doing so try to sign someone who is clearly a quality footballer
You are right, but I think the issue here is that he wants to spend pre-season working with United, hoping to get a chance to impress there in the early games. I think, as you say, we would like to take him for at least another 12 months but it doesn't help GB planning and preparing his squad if it's going to be September before young Keane figures out he's still a way down the pecking order at OT. Gary needs to be getting his defence well drilled from the start, not having to bring someone in at the last minute. Chances are he will give Henley another try or stick Lowe in there if Keane can't commit.
It's a tricky one. Bowyer has said he'd like to bring in essential playing staff as soon as possible, but Keane would also be a very welcome addition on a 12 month loan. I don't actually think Van Gaal will consider him for the first team just yet, but, with him being away at the World Cup this summer, Keane probably won't get that message until the start of August at the earliest. I also think Lowe will be our starting right-back on opening day, but we still need another centre-half regardless. That said, I wouldn't be too disappointed if Jack O'Connell was finally brought into the first team fold.
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dallydally[/bold] wrote: Some stupid comments above. Why wouldn't any player not want to get in the United side? A statement to that effect doesn't mean he is anti Rovers or not worthy of pulling on that shirt if he gets the chance. He is simply stating the obvious but if he is deemed surplus to their requirements we should go for him and by doing so try to sign someone who is clearly a quality footballer[/p][/quote]You are right, but I think the issue here is that he wants to spend pre-season working with United, hoping to get a chance to impress there in the early games. I think, as you say, we would like to take him for at least another 12 months but it doesn't help GB planning and preparing his squad if it's going to be September before young Keane figures out he's still a way down the pecking order at OT. Gary needs to be getting his defence well drilled from the start, not having to bring someone in at the last minute. Chances are he will give Henley another try or stick Lowe in there if Keane can't commit.[/p][/quote]It's a tricky one. Bowyer has said he'd like to bring in essential playing staff as soon as possible, but Keane would also be a very welcome addition on a 12 month loan. I don't actually think Van Gaal will consider him for the first team just yet, but, with him being away at the World Cup this summer, Keane probably won't get that message until the start of August at the earliest. I also think Lowe will be our starting right-back on opening day, but we still need another centre-half regardless. That said, I wouldn't be too disappointed if Jack O'Connell was finally brought into the first team fold. Welsh Rover
  • Score: 7

6:10pm Mon 2 Jun 14

keanoutofrovers says...

Old age pensioner wrote:
Super_Clarets wrote:
Of course he was going to reject you, why any player would want to join the ranks of this sinking ship is beyond me. That's two rejections on the same day from Keane and Judge, one who see's a brighter future at Brentford, the other happy to play for Manchester United reserves ahead of joining Blackburn Rovers. Get the message yet?

What a shambles.
NH
Keane said "show new boss Louis van Gaal that he is ready to break into the first team at Old Trafford."

The first team is the one that plays on Saturday at Old Trafford.

Judge wasn't getting a game so took a step down to Brentford

Bless, you are trying to understand football but again you've ended up making a complete tool of yourself.

Seriously though for all the grown ups Judge going = good never going to be a first team regular. Keane won't break into United's first team and we may well see him on loan soon. Lets face it we would all like to break into the first 11 at Manchester United but it ain't happening.
[quote][p][bold]Old age pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: Of course he was going to reject you, why any player would want to join the ranks of this sinking ship is beyond me. That's two rejections on the same day from Keane and Judge, one who see's a brighter future at Brentford, the other happy to play for Manchester United reserves ahead of joining Blackburn Rovers. Get the message yet? What a shambles.[/p][/quote]NH[/p][/quote]Keane said "show new boss Louis van Gaal that he is ready to break into the first team at Old Trafford." The first team is the one that plays on Saturday at Old Trafford. Judge wasn't getting a game so took a step down to Brentford Bless, you are trying to understand football but again you've ended up making a complete tool of yourself. Seriously though for all the grown ups Judge going = good never going to be a first team regular. Keane won't break into United's first team and we may well see him on loan soon. Lets face it we would all like to break into the first 11 at Manchester United but it ain't happening. keanoutofrovers
  • Score: 6

6:16pm Mon 2 Jun 14

noddy57 says...

why has he decided to try his hand at getting regular football at old trafford, its a non starter he would have been much better off getting regular first team football at Blackburn and putting himself in the shop window rather than keeping the bench warm at united and being bored out of his brain but good luck to him anyway he did a decent job for us,
why has he decided to try his hand at getting regular football at old trafford, its a non starter he would have been much better off getting regular first team football at Blackburn and putting himself in the shop window rather than keeping the bench warm at united and being bored out of his brain but good luck to him anyway he did a decent job for us, noddy57
  • Score: 5

6:43pm Mon 2 Jun 14

jack01 says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
Of course he was going to reject you, why any player would want to join the ranks of this sinking ship is beyond me. That's two rejections on the same day from Keane and Judge, one who see's a brighter future at Brentford, the other happy to play for Manchester United reserves ahead of joining Blackburn Rovers. Get the message yet?

What a shambles.
Bless.Why hasn't Ings signed his new deal yet?
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: Of course he was going to reject you, why any player would want to join the ranks of this sinking ship is beyond me. That's two rejections on the same day from Keane and Judge, one who see's a brighter future at Brentford, the other happy to play for Manchester United reserves ahead of joining Blackburn Rovers. Get the message yet? What a shambles.[/p][/quote]Bless.Why hasn't Ings signed his new deal yet? jack01
  • Score: 5

10:09pm Mon 2 Jun 14

DarwenEndDrummer says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
Of course he was going to reject you, why any player would want to join the ranks of this sinking ship is beyond me. That's two rejections on the same day from Keane and Judge, one who see's a brighter future at Brentford, the other happy to play for Manchester United reserves ahead of joining Blackburn Rovers. Get the message yet?

What a shambles.
Sad W@nker
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: Of course he was going to reject you, why any player would want to join the ranks of this sinking ship is beyond me. That's two rejections on the same day from Keane and Judge, one who see's a brighter future at Brentford, the other happy to play for Manchester United reserves ahead of joining Blackburn Rovers. Get the message yet? What a shambles.[/p][/quote]Sad W@nker DarwenEndDrummer
  • Score: 2

10:26pm Mon 2 Jun 14

digitusjonfred says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
Of course he was going to reject you, why any player would want to join the ranks of this sinking ship is beyond me. That's two rejections on the same day from Keane and Judge, one who see's a brighter future at Brentford, the other happy to play for Manchester United reserves ahead of joining Blackburn Rovers. Get the message yet?

What a shambles.
keep the hands in the pockets lad it,s snooker time !!
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: Of course he was going to reject you, why any player would want to join the ranks of this sinking ship is beyond me. That's two rejections on the same day from Keane and Judge, one who see's a brighter future at Brentford, the other happy to play for Manchester United reserves ahead of joining Blackburn Rovers. Get the message yet? What a shambles.[/p][/quote]keep the hands in the pockets lad it,s snooker time !! digitusjonfred
  • Score: 1

11:08am Tue 3 Jun 14

RobH2O says...

jack01 wrote:
Super_Clarets wrote:
Of course he was going to reject you, why any player would want to join the ranks of this sinking ship is beyond me. That's two rejections on the same day from Keane and Judge, one who see's a brighter future at Brentford, the other happy to play for Manchester United reserves ahead of joining Blackburn Rovers. Get the message yet?

What a shambles.
Bless.Why hasn't Ings signed his new deal yet?
Cos he wants more money
[quote][p][bold]jack01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: Of course he was going to reject you, why any player would want to join the ranks of this sinking ship is beyond me. That's two rejections on the same day from Keane and Judge, one who see's a brighter future at Brentford, the other happy to play for Manchester United reserves ahead of joining Blackburn Rovers. Get the message yet? What a shambles.[/p][/quote]Bless.Why hasn't Ings signed his new deal yet?[/p][/quote]Cos he wants more money RobH2O
  • Score: 0

11:11am Tue 3 Jun 14

RobH2O says...

noddy57 wrote:
why has he decided to try his hand at getting regular football at old trafford, its a non starter he would have been much better off getting regular first team football at Blackburn and putting himself in the shop window rather than keeping the bench warm at united and being bored out of his brain but good luck to him anyway he did a decent job for us,
Getting first team action with Rovers? But that mean staying at Rovers!

Quote from the article -
"He hopes to show the new boss that he can one day replace the now departed Rio Ferdinand"

He says "one day". He knows its not today and he still wants to be there.

Hello. Hello. Hello. Anybody in?
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: why has he decided to try his hand at getting regular football at old trafford, its a non starter he would have been much better off getting regular first team football at Blackburn and putting himself in the shop window rather than keeping the bench warm at united and being bored out of his brain but good luck to him anyway he did a decent job for us,[/p][/quote]Getting first team action with Rovers? But that mean staying at Rovers! Quote from the article - "He hopes to show the new boss that he can one day replace the now departed Rio Ferdinand" He says "one day". He knows its not today and he still wants to be there. Hello. Hello. Hello. Anybody in? RobH2O
  • Score: -1

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