Whilst on the treatment table, Keane also leaned on the support of club captain Nemanja Vidic, who was recovering from a similarly damaging knee ligament injury that was sustained during United’s UEFA Champions League defeat in Basel in December 2011.
“Nemanja had little niggles at the time and he came back just as I got injured,” Will explained. “He was just starting to get over his injury, which was the same one that I had. He was very understanding and knew what it takes to get back playing, so I spoke to him quite a bit about it. I also spoke with other players more in general about my attitude towards it and how to approach any long-term injury.”
Now fit and firing again, Keane is determined to impress and show that he is able to bounce back from such a serious injury. “Once you have had a serious injury, you look into it a lot more and realise many of the top-class players have had setbacks, come through it and managed to return to the same level," Will explained. "I feel good physically and my fitness is good. It’s just a case of getting little things right.
“In my first games, my sharpness was a little bit off and also the timing of my passing. It will come back in time – I’ve still got the knack for scoring, so that’s been good! I look to score in every game I play. If I come off the pitch having not scored, I am always disappointed. I set myself high standards.”