Exclusive: Michael Keane on beating his brother Will

Mark Holmes
Michael Keane: Will face brother Will when Burnley host Preston

Michael Keane: Will face brother Will when Burnley host Preston

Michael Keane will not give much thought to the fact that his brother will be on the opposite team when Burnley host Preston North End this weekend.

Burnley defender Michael and Preston loan star Will lock horns in the Championship at Turf Moor, but will put family loyalty to one side on Saturday as they

There have been many cases in football of brothers who have played with and against each other, but not many who have been a pair of twins.

The duo came through the youth ranks at Manchester United – Will is still a United player having joined Preston on loan in the summer, while Michael left Old Trafford for Burnley initially on loan in September 2014 before making the move permanent the following January.

While most of the Keane family will be hoping for a draw on Saturday, Michael says it is business as usual as he looks to help Burnley claim another three points.

“It is a massive occasion for the family seeing both of us playing against each other, but I am focused on the game and don’t want to get wrapped up in the fact that I am playing against my brother,” Burnley’s Michael told www.teamtalk.com.

“Obviously I want my brother to do well and after every game I check his result to see how he got on, but this is about trying to win this weekend.

“We have come up against each once before when I was on loan at Blackburn and Will was at Queens Park Rangers.

“I did not come up directly against him as I played right-back that day, but I might have to make him this weekend.

“My team [Blackburn] won that day and hopefully it will be the same result this weekend.”

Former England Under-21 international Keane, who has been attracting interest from a number of Premier League clubs, admits there will be some banter between the pair before and after the game.

“We will not be family members when we are out there on the pitch playing, we will be professional trying to help our teams win, but afterwards we will back to normal and have a laugh and joke about it and I am sure the banter will be flying around depending on who has won,” added the Burnley stopper.