Michael Keane (above, left) joined Everton instead of boyhood club Man United
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Michael Keane has revealed why he chose to sign for Everton instead of boyhood club Man United in the summer.
Jose Mourinho wanted the 24-year-old to re-join the club he left Burnley for three years earlier, but Keane explained he believed there was more chance of playing regularly at Everton than at Old Trafford.
“I wasn’t as big a fan of Man United as I had been, so I had to sort of put that to one side and just think rationally about what would be best for me as a footballer,” he told The Times.
Phil Jones and Eric Bailly have been Mourinho’s first choice centre-backs so far, and with Chris Smalling and £30m summer signing Victor Lindelof also competing for places, Keane thought his England aspirations would be better served at Goodison Park.
“My family are all Man United fans so it was not an easy decision. My dad would have been delighted if I had signed for United. But he is glad I have come to Everton and not Liverpool, put it that way,” he added.