The Keane twins spoke exclusively to Inside United about the thrill of representing the Reds…
You both made your first-team debuts this season. Was it beyond your wildest dreams to play so early?
Will: Yes, definitely. At the start of the season, the aim was just to progress in the Reserves and do as well as I could. Getting a call for the first-team [for the 3-2 home defeat to Blackburn] was a very proud moment and I just wanted to do well. It wasn't a great result but I made my debut and was just glad to play. Obviously the team wanted to win and it was an important game. But, for me personally, I was just buzzing to get on. It was amazing. I had a few chances to score as well but Chris Samba blocked one from me. It was a great feeling to get on and I've got to try to push on from here.
Michael, you beat Will into the first-team by a couple of months...
Michael: We had a good pre-season, and a few tours to Scotland and Wales, and just kept playing well. I came back from there and had training with the first-team and impressed to, thankfully, get the chance in the Carling Cup [against Aldershot in October]. It was brilliant. Coming on for the first-team is something you dream of as a Manchester United fan after playing here all these years. I'm just very grateful.
Is it hard to return to Reserve level after making your full debuts?
Will: No, obviously we're not expecting to be in the first-team every week.
Michael: It's just nice to be involved and get a taste. It makes you want to work even harder to try to get back. We want to win the league for the Reserves. It's often been the same team every week this year and we want to keep winning and keep the momentum going.
Has it been a big step up from playing in the youth team last season?
Michael: Definitely. The pace of the game is a lot quicker and the players are much stronger. But it also brings out the best in you. Playing with better players, you have to make yourself do better to deal with that.