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United Performance Proves a Point - Keane

1 November 2016

Michael Keane believes Burnley again showed they have what it takes to compete in the Premier League with Saturday's 0-0 draw with Manchester United.

The centre-half was pivotal in a fantastic defensive display for the Clarets in which they faced a record 37-shots from Jose Mourinho’s men.

It was the club's third clean sheet of the season and Keane believes this is a massive step in the right direction for the club as they seek to keep proving the doubters wrong.

He said: “A lot has been made about our away form so to come here to Old Trafford and get a point is a massive step for us and we can kick on from here.

“I think this shows people what we can do. We have belief in the changing room and I think we may have surprised a few people recently."

Keane also praised his defensive team-mates on their performance, including keeper and fellow former United trainee Tom Heaton.


Michael Keane has been an ever-present for the Clarets so far this season


He added: “Everyone put in a great shift leading from the back. Against quality players you’re going to get a lot of shots against you and ‘Heats’ was fantastic with that.

“Obviously the fans and some of the staff and players know us from our time here, but we just had to focus on what was happening on the pitch and I thought that we dealt with it well.”

Keane's performances this season were good enough for him to be included in Gareth Southgate’s first England squad for the games against Malta and Slovenia in September following an injury to Everton's Phil Jagielka.

And with more internationals just around the corner, Keane is hoping to earn another call-up - alongside Heaton - for England’s upcoming World Cup Qualifier against Scotland at Wembley on 11 November and a home friendly against Spain.

With Southgate due to announce his squad on Sunday, Keane added: “Club form is most important, but hopefully if I keep playing well for Burnley then England will be looking at me.

“I managed to get into the last England squad so my aim is to keep these performances up and hopefully stay there.”




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