Manchester United lost two iconic figures in the shape of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic this summer, and the hunt for their replacements have already begun. That replacement could yet come from closer to home as many expect though.
Michael Keane, regarded as one of the hottest prospects at Manchester United hopes to take over from Rio Ferdinand, and he said the following in an interview with the Daily Mail:
“When I was young I always had Rio’s name on the back of my shirt,” Keane said.
“Rio was my idol when he first joined United and he still is. Luckily, I’ve managed to train with him for a few years. He talks to everyone.
“It’s sad to see him go. He was a great person to have around and he was great with the young lads. He speaks to everyone and always gives you advice. He talks to me about positional things.
“If I make a mistake in a game, he will ring me and tell me what I should do better. He wants to give you feedback. It was a surprise at first but now I just see him as a friend. I know I can go to him whenever I want.
“Rio’s a really nice guy. Sometimes footballers get those type of reputations but he’s not like that at all. Behind the scenes there’s no one better to have around.
When quizzed over whether he could take Rio’s #5 shirt, Keane responded: “I hope so. That’s the dream. 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.”
Its great to see that Rio Ferdinand was willing to help out the youngsters in this way, and also Michael Keane seemed keen to learn from the former United man. He’s now been out on loan several times, and done well at almost every club. The only problem is that he hasn’t played regular football in the Premier League yet, but he may get his chance under Van Gaal next season.
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