Daily Mail

GET KEANE BACK

Not Roy, but Michael who United sold to Burnley two years ago

- By LAURIE WHITWELL and JACK GAUGHAN

MANCHESTER United have shown an interest in resigning Michael Keane two years after selling the central defender to Burnley for £2.5million.

Everton are leading the pursuit for Keane, with Liverpool and Chelsea also interested, but United have now placed their former academy graduate on a list of summer targets.

United manager Jose Mourinho has suffered the double blow of losing England defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones to ‘longterm’ injuries and wants to bolster his defence in any case.

Keane is a genuine possibilit­y after accomplish­ed displays for England, showing adaptabili­ty that would appeal to Mourinho.

Burnley are poised to hold out for around £25m once the season finishes, but United would in effect get a discount as the club inserted a 25 per cent sell- on clause when agreeing to let Keane go in January 2015. United’s hierarchy have shown they are not above buying back players for large fees after spending £89m for Paul Pogba’s return to Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, Mourinho has told United’s transfer targets to stop pontificat­ing about English culture and sort out their priorities.

Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, whom United have tracked for two years, has claimed he has ‘ doubts’ about the ‘ rain and bad weather’ and has exchanged texts with France team-mate Pogba about it.

Mourinho is no longer certain of landing the forward, who has an £85.7m release clause, even though there remains confidence a deal can be agreed. Mourinho said: ‘If the first thing you think is where you’re going to live, think Los Angeles — LA Galaxy would be the first choice, then Vitoria Setubal (in Portugal). Go to the beach every day.

‘There are beautiful places to live. We want people who are really engaged by the first contact. We want people who are immediatel­y engaged, dreaming about coming.

‘If you don’t want to come to us? Good luck, enjoy. If a player wants to move to London, enjoy London, we don’t want you.

‘At the end of the summer we probably won’t have exactly my first options because it’s difficult to succeed in every attempt.

‘But I’m sure we are going to do something interestin­g. I’m not asking for impossible targets.’ A number of Mourinho’s current squad are struck down by injuries ahead of today’s visit of West Brom. Smalling and Jones are out and the manager is not sure when Pogba will return from his hamstring injury. Wayne Rooney is available however.

Mourinho added: ‘Every match is a big match for us now. In the Europa League it is win the quarter-final or go home, in the Premier League, one more victory we are still in the run, one defeat maybe we are not any more.

‘ The players have to understand what the team needs, they have to go to the limits, they have to play with small injuries, play with pain.’

 ??  ?? Foot fault: The moment that Smalling (left) injured Jones’ toe
Foot fault: The moment that Smalling (left) injured Jones’ toe

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