Louis van Gaal regrets selling Manchester United player

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal regrets selling former Manchester United defender Michael Keane, who now plays for Everton.

This is according to ex-Manchester United academy chief Warren Joyce.

Joyce told the Manchester Evening News: “Michael played against Real Madrid on a pre-season tour and Gareth Bale gave him a bit of a chasing.

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“But he’d had about five days training, he’d been away with England, he’d had a promotion battle with Leicester, he had no pre-season, he had a week away and came back straight into the training because he wanted to be involved under a new manager.

“He didn’t do that well and ended up going on loan, I said to Louis he should stay, I said ‘he’s a player, he’s a Manchester United centre half’.”

Joyce revealed he met Van Gaal after his time as Manchester United boss had come to an end, with Van Gaal admitting he was wrong to sell Keane.

“To be fair to Van Gaal, I met him in a bar in Portugal after he’d left and he said ‘you were right about Michael Keane, I was wrong’,” said Joyce.

“I really like Louis, he was good with youth, he was methodical and he would tell you dead straight if something wasn’t right.”

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