Michael Keane in action for Burnley (Picture: goal.com)

Could Michael Keane be on his way back to Manchester United?

First there was Paul Pogba, now Michael Keane could be in for a shock return to Manchester United after manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly stepped up his interest in luring the 23-year-old back to Old Trafford.

According to ESPN, Keane caught the eye of the Manchester United boss during Burnley’s recent visit to Old Trafford, putting in an impressive display as his club came away with a credible 0-0 draw. A string of stellar performances this season have also seen Keane force his way into the England squad.

Keane first signed a professional contract with Manchester United in 2011 and featured for the club five times, with his only Premier League appearance coming as a substitute in 2014 in the 1-1 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. A loan move to Burnley followed shortly after, his fourth loan move away from the club after spending time at Leicester City, Derby County and Blackburn Rovers, and his move to Turf Moor was made permanent in January 2015.

The former academy graduate was pivotal during Burnley’s march to the Championship title last season, appearing in all but two of the clubs league games last term. He has remained an ever-present again this season, excelling at the heart of Sean Dyche’s defence.

With Jose Mourinho becoming increasingly critical of his sides frailties at the back, it seems Michael Keane, who won the Reserve Player of the Year in 2012, could be set to rejoin the club, and his former youth teammate Paul Pogba, this coming January.

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