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Manchester United set to re-sign another star they let go too soon

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Michael Keane chases former teammate Jesse Lingard during England training
Michael Keane chases former teammate Jesse Lingard during England training

Burnley defender Michael Keane could rejoin former side Man United in January, according to a report.

Having paid £89m to bring Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford after letting him leave the club in 2012, United could be set to move for another lost youth star.

The club have been made the bookies' favourites to sign Clarets centre-half Keane, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The 23-year-old has starred for Burnley this season, with his excellent displays in the Premier League seeing him called up to the England squad.

With Jose Mourinho currently contending with a raft of defensive injuries, seeing both Eric Bailly and Antonio Valencia ruled out for lengthy periods, Keane's link to United is no surprise.

The manager's recent criticism of both Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw has added fuel to the fire that he will bulk up his defensive options in the January transfer window.

The Old Trafford outfit are priced by Skybet at 5/1 to win the race for the Burnley man's signature, with arch-rivals Liverpool coming in at 10/1.

It did Keane no harm that he was one of the standout performers in Manchester as Sean Dyche's side left Old Trafford with a point after somehow containing the Red Devils' attack in a hard-earned 0-0 draw.

The central defender, United's reserve player of the year in 2012, only managed five first-team appearances during his stint at the club.

He was loaned out to Burnley at the beginning of Louis van Gaal's reign at Old Trafford before making the switch permanent in January 2015.