Burnley defender Michael Keane has offered an insight into former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s extraordinary character.
Keane, 24, came through the youth system at Old Trafford when Fergie was in charge of the first team, before he was sold to the Clarets in 2015 during Louis van Gaal’s reign.
During his time as a United youngster he was encouraged to focus on his schoolwork, with some people suggesting he was unlikely to make the grade.
It only made him more determined to succeed and he eventually left college in order to train full-time – unpaid – at United.
Using tutors in the evening to study towards his A Levels, Keane was part of the 2011 FA Youth Cup winning side alongside Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba.
“The lads on scholar contracts got £115 a week,” he told the Sunday Times.
“I was just on expenses, £40. Sir Alex said: ‘I know you’ve quit college for this – how are you studying?’
“I told him I had tutors. He made me go to his office and tell him how many hours a week and the cost. He refunded what I’d paid, then paid for the rest. Touches like that made him special.”
Keane is likely to leave Burnley in the summer, with a host of bigger clubs said to be interested in signing him, including Man United.
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