Date: 5th January 2007 at 11:58am
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Roy Keane’s fears are set to be confirmed as various sources claim Phil Bardsley is set to join Aston Villa on loan. The Manchester United full-back held talks with Sunderland manager Keane but asked for time to talk to a Premiership club. He seems to have found his place.

Bardsley spent the first part of the season at Rangers but that spell was not a succesful one for him, for he fell out with eventually departing boss Paul Le Guen. He returned to Old Trafford but this loan move and a view of a permanent deal may mean he does not have a great future at the Reds.

United will play twice in the next two weeks but Bardsley won’t be available for Martin O’Neill.