The young defender was unlucky to lose his starting place to first-teamers Phil Jones and Chris Smalling in the win over Aston Villa but still almost added to the goal he scored at Blackburn after coming on as a second-half substitute.
However, it is the teenager's defensive work and dedication that has most impressed manager Joyce and all onlookers this term as he's maturing into a fine prospect.
"Michael has played really well all season for me," Joyce told ManUtd.com. "We speak before the games and look at things to work on but you're getting to the stage now where all he's got to work on is his talking.
"Certainly, in my eyes, he is a contender to be Reserve Player of the Year because of his work day in and day out.
"In nearly every game, he does the right thing. He trains really well, makes good decisions as a defensive player, is always brave and
"He works hard anyway in the morning and afternoon but is always doing extra things, more than we set him to do. He deserves all the praise he gets."
- Warren Joyce, ManUtd.com.
Michael Keane - Reserves 2011/2012:
Appearances: 18 (3)