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Pogba 2.0? Man United favs to bring back another former youth star

| 29.03.2017

It may have taken Manchester United some four years and £89m to realise they missed a trick in letting a young Paul Pogba leave the club back in 2012. But the latest odds suggest the Red Devils aren’t quite finished in bringing their class of 2011 back to Old Trafford.

So impressive has Michael Keane been since leaving United for Burnley on a permanent deal in 2015, it’s now just 2/1 for his former club to be the defender’s next port of call.

That’s following a series of impressive performances for the Clarets in the Championship last campaign, and an equally strong debut season in the Premier League.

But since attracting the interest of England manager Gareth Southgate, the 24-year-old has seen a whole host of England’s elite clubs throw their names into the mix in the race for his signature.

However, it’s the Red Devils who are leading the way in this market, ahead of Chelsea (3/1), Manchester City (5/1) and Arsenal (7/1).

But another plausible destination would be Goodison Park.

Ronald Koeman’s Everton side are currently 20/1 to land the defender. But we reckon that could be great value.

Ashley Williams will turn 33 at the beginning of next season, while Phil Jagielka’s best years are certainly behind him – and it’s likely he’ll move on at the end of the season.

A move to Merseyside would be a step in the right direction in terms of Keane’s progression, and it’s likely the Toffees would supply him with more game-time than any of the other sides in the top seven.

That would in turn mean more England call-ups would be likely for Keane, and they wouldn’t come at a better time than in the run-in to the World Cup next summer.

Were Everton to declare an interest in the youngster, it’d be a hard move for him to turn down. And with that in mind, we think our traders may have priced that move up wrong.

But what do fans think?

Would Keane be wise to opt against a potential United return?

Have your say in the comments section below!

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Alex Apati

Alex has been with the Ladbrokes PR team since 2017 having previously worked for the news department. From sparring with Peter Fury to talking interviews on the Duke and Duchess' baby names, he's covered a range of sports and novelty events.

A frustrated West Brom fan who is no stranger to an oche, Alex is originally from Dudley, although he's worked hard to rid himself of the Black Country twang.