Manchester United Transfer News: United Won't Miss Keane After Extending Lease

Shawn Brubaker@@63brubakerContributor IIJanuary 4, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Michael Keane of Manchester United in action during the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 31, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Manchester United has loaned defender Michael Keane to Leicester City for an additional month, according to United's team website, but this latest transfer news should have minimal impact for the Red Devils.

In fact, United could be practicing addition by subtraction by letting Keane stay an extra month with Leicester.

Keane was injured in his time with Leicester, and he's only recently gotten back onto the pitch.

United is wise to let him work off the rust and get back into playing shape with Leicester. Keane was in the starting XI for Leicester's 6-1 win over Huddelsfield Town and has excelled in his few opportunities. 

Another thing working in United's favor is that Keane is a footballer with lots of potential, but he'd have trouble getting onto the pitch at Old Trafford. 

At just 19-years-old, Keane is a bright young talent.

He's already excelled in brief opportunities with United and Leicester, getting substantial time in a United 2-1 win over Newcastle in September. The Red Devils are already stacked with talent, though, and with winning the Premier League being the top goal, getting young players onto the pitch against top competition isn't much of a priority.

Keane will have plenty of time to learn and gain experience with Leicester City, and United will reap the benefits.

Also worth noting is the Leicester has plenty to gain from the loan as well.

This is a club with the potential and ambition to join the Premier League, and having an English under-19 national centre-back will play a big role in those ambitions.

When United does finally get Keane back from the loan, he will be more-seasoned, healthier and in better shape than he is now.

In the meantime, the Red Devils will maintain their dominance in the Premier League and await the return of a bright young defender.