Will Keane has revealed that Jose Mourinho told him to leave Manchester United this summer.
The 23-year-old forward reportedly cost Premier League side Hull 1m as Keane left on a permanent deal.
United’s academy graduate struggled to establish himself in the first team, heading out on loan on four separate occasions.
Spells in the Championship have led the striker to wanting regular football in the Premier League.
And after signing for Hull, with former United assistant boss Mike Phelan in charge, Keane feels it is the right move.
“I was kind of being realistic with myself and I knew that, with the quality of the lads coming in that I wouldn’t have got the game time that I wanted,” Keane told Sky Sports.
“So he [Mourinho] said that if the right opportunity came about I should take it, and luckily for me that’s here.”
United’s summer transfer business has left them with strong options up front, especially with the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Ex-England Under-21 international Keane would have had to compete with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and skipper Wayne Rooney for a place too.
And with Keane now 23, he is ready to take his new opportunity at Hull having left his boyhood club.