Date: 20th April 2013 at 8:48am
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Ferdinand is full of praise for Michael Keane

Manchester United’s on loan defender Michael Keane is enjoying his spell at Leicester, and feels the spell with the Championship side is preparing him for a return to Old Trafford.

The 20 year old joined Leicester in November with Jesse Lingard and after a start slowed by injury, he has become a permanent fixture in Leicester’s defence even popping up with a goal or two.

Keane didn’t expect to play as many games as he has, and because of Nigel Pearson’s faith in him admits that he wouldn’t be against returning to the King Power stadium:

“I would be up for coming back, definitely, especially if we get promoted,” he said. “We will have to see what happens but I have loved my time here.

“This has surpassed my expectations. I thought I would play a few games but didn’t expect to be playing every one.

“I have played every game and learned new things in every game as well.

“I have improved my physicality, and I am learning to use my strength more against strikers. In the air, as well, I think I have improved.”

With Leicester embroiled in a battle to gain promotion, Keane says the games are coming thick and fast and that every game is important, something that he will have to get used to if he breaks into the first team at Old Trafford:

“I need to get used to playing in these big games if I want to go back to United because they are involved in big games all the time.

“We have three games against sides around us and, in a way, that could be good for us because it affects their results as well as our own.”