PICTURE: Blackburn Rovers confirm the signing of Manchester United’s Michael Keane

by Tracey Germaine

Manchester United have confirmed that Michael Keane has joined Blackburn Rovers on loan until the end of the season.

Keane has joined in time for him to be included in Rovers squad for the match against East Lancashire rivals Burnley and has been given squad No. 16.

“I’m delighted to finally join,” said Keane on the move.

“It has been a rumour for a while now, so I’m just glad to get it all sorted.

“I’ve got a bit of experience now in the Championship and I know what it takes to play well in these games, so I’m looking to play well on Sunday and hit the ground running and keep that form up.”

“I’m sure it will be a tough game, but I’m confident we can get a result. I’m really looking forward to it. I hope it is my debut and I’ll make sure I’m ready to do well.”

Keane spent a successful six months with Leicester last season where he made 27 appearances and scored three goals.

After spending some time playing at Under-21 level, Keane joined Derby County on loan and stepped up to cover their captain Richard Keogh during his absence. However, he found his chances limited after Keogh’s recovery and the decision was made not to extend the loan spell.

Rovers boss Gary Bowyer was delighted to add the 21-year-old centre-back to his injury-hit squad.

“He is highly sought-after,” said Bowyer.

“An England international at Under-21 level. He has had a good education with Manchester United and he has got experience already in the Championship with his time on loan at Leicester and Derby – two top clubs.

“We are delighted to have been able to secure his services until the end of the season.”

Keane had been due to play for the England Under-21s during the week but a mistake, which saw his twin Will registered for the match meant that he wasn’t able to take part.

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