Keane played one game for Leicester before injuring his hamstring and having to return to United for treatment, but the 19 year old is hopeful of returning to the East Midlands club, something Ferdinand believes will be beneficial to United as he gains first team experience.
Speaking to ManUtd.Com, the senior defender said:
‘It would be a good loan move if he had not got injured!
“It would have been great for him. He is a great prospect. I have spoken highly of him for a couple of years now. He has a really big future. I am just disappointed he has had a setback with a little injury.”
Ferdinand made a similar move early in his career to Bournemouth, and believes it did him the world of good:
“I look on my time at Bournemouth with really fond memories.
“It was a very important time in my development. Any young player who gets the opportunity to go out on loan should grab it with both hands if they are not getting the opportunity at the club they are at. It can be the making of you as a player.”