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"After going to Leicester, I got used to playing week in and week out and first-team football is completely different to what I expected and what I’d done the season before."

 - Michael Keane

26/06/2013 14:07, Report by Adam Marshall
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Keane pleased with progress

still young and is a great shot-stopper while, like I’ve said, his kicking is just unbelievable. I think he has a really good future.

Did you learn much from playing alongside Wes Morgan?
Yes – all of them have taught me things to be honest but especially Wes, Paul Konchesky and Kasper. They were always talking to me and giving me bits of advice – especially the more experienced ones. It’s been good to play alongside Wes, who has got so much experience and I think it’s helped me a lot.

Did you enjoy your performances for United in the Capital One Cup early in the season?
Yes, it was unbelievable for me. I never really expected to start those games when they came around so I was eager to take my chance. I thought I did quite well and that maybe that was what helped me get my loan to Leicester. It helped me to push on from there so it was a great experience for me. I’m looking forward to getting back and playing more games.

They were two very different games – against Newcastle and Chelsea..
Both were really tough games. I was really happy with the way we played against Newcastle because it was actually a young team but we deserved to win. All the young players played their part. Obviously, against Chelsea, both Scott Wootton were at centre-back and I thought we both played well. We were obviously a bit unlucky to concede a penalty in the last minute and unlucky not to progress but exiting that competition also meant that I could come to Leicester so it’s been great for me anyway.

You kept in touch with things at United during your time at the Walkers Stadium..
I always liked to go back when I could to see the lads and the coaches, perhaps have a training session now and again. Just to show my face. I always watched them on MUTV as well as I was interested in how they were doing. The defending was really impressive.

After making your England Under-21 debut in March, you can't have been far from the European Championship squad...
I was in the last Under-21 squad before the finals and wasn’t really expecting

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