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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

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 it. I knew they would probably bring in some defenders from the Premier League who have been playing week in and week out there for the European Championship.

We felt the recognition was a little overdue after your fine form..
I wasn’t really expecting it so, when it came, I was just really happy. I managed to get on the pitch and it was a great experience and another step in the right direction for me. Hopefully, I can continue progressing and play

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