Michael Keane, twin brother of young United striker Will, is a defender who has made great strides at the club.
A successful spell with Leicester City was arguably the most impressive loan stints of any of the Reds' youngsters last season and he was unlucky it ended in play-off heartbreak in dramatic circumstances in the semi-final with Watford.
Michael, initially a full-back, did not appear for United's Under-18s in 2009/10, but he did make his debut for the Reserves against Wigan in April 2010.
Quite small in stature for his age, the progress made after he caught up in terms of physical
development has been very impressive as he became a key figure in the successful FA Youth Cup-winning team of 2011.
Graduation into Warren Joyce's Reserves followed and he slotted in effortlessly either at the heart of the defence or full-back, earning praise from his coach for his consistent endeavour on the training field.
As a result, Keane was rewarded with a first-team debut during the Carling Cup win at Aldershot.
Emerging as a central defender of some repute, he revealed to Inside United that he has chosen to represent England at international