Will Keane
Keane in a rare appearance for the first team during preseason. Getty

Manchester United striker Will Keane has joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan for the remainder of the season.

Keane, who was part of the 2011 FA Youth Cup winners side, has left Old Trafford for a third time following unsuccessful loan spells at Wigan Athletic and Queens Park Rangers last season.

He is eligible to make his debut for the Owls against Birmingham City on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old featured just once in Louis van Gaal's first team squad this season when he was named on the substitute's bench against Stoke City in December.

James Wilson's emergence this season has seen the striker limited to games for United's Under-21s, however.

Keane played a crucial role in United's Youth Cup success and was expected to make the step up to the first team after making his debut for Sir Alex Ferguson's side in December that year.

But a serious knee injury suffered in the 2011/12 campaign severely hampered his progress and sidelined him for more than a year. He has not appeared in the first team since then.

Speaking to the club's website in December, Keane said: ""I can play a bit deeper and link play up or play higher up as a lone striker. I've got a bit of flexibility there. I don't really have a preference. Sometimes I enjoy playing up front on my own, just leading the line, but also there are so many top strikers here, it's good to play up front with someone as well."

Last season's loan spells saw Keane make just 14 appearances for both clubs but he will be hoping his stint at Wednesday, who sit seven points adrift of the playoff places in the Championship, will yield more opportunities.

Keane's twin brother Michael signed a permanent deal with Burnley earlier in January. The centre half joined the club on loan at the start of the season but Sean Dyche opted to sign him outright after he became an integral part of the defence at Turf Moor.