Preston manager Simon Grayson has confirmed that Manchester United has recalled striker Will Keane to cut short his loan deal with them.
The 22-year-old striker was on a season-long loan at Deepdale, netting two times in 22 appearances for the Championship side.
But reports now suggesting he has apparently moved back to Old Trafford as Louis van Gaal is trying to solve the scoring woes.
Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial have been so far the only senior strikers at the United manager’s disposal as the Red Devils struggling to find the net throughout this season but after both the striker finding the net in United’s last outing against Swansea LVG feels bit more relaxed right now.
Rooney, without a Premier League goal since 17th October, produced an improvised finish to a Martial ball right into the box in the 77th minute while Anthony Martial opened the scoring shortly after the break.
And Simon Grayson has now confirmed Manchester United had cut short the loan deal as they looking for more firepower in their attacking line.
“[It happened] in the last 24 hours or so. United felt they needed an extra body around them,” Grayson revealed in an interview with Sky Sports.
“Obviously it’s disappointing to lose Will. In the last few weeks he’s been finding his feet with us. But that is what happens when you get loan players.
“We accept it. We will probably go into the market over the next few days and weeks to bring in reinforcements. Hopefully he will do well for Manchester United.”
Keane however, has made only one appearance for Manchester United’s first team, on New Year’s Eve 2011, before going for loan spells at Wigan, QPR, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston.
Grayson also thinks it will be interesting to watch if Keane can fix United’s problems in front of goal.
He further said: “It’s a big step up. But he’s played regularly for us, he’s fit, so time will tell.”
Since Robin Van Persie and Javier Hernandez’s departure in the summer, Van Gaal’s side has struggle desperately for goals. But the Dutchman believes that Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney can succeed, despite netting just six times so far in the Premier League.