Man United’s 24-year-old set to leave Old Trafford on a one-year loan deal: report

Manchester United’s Sam Johnstone is all set to leave the club on a one-year loan deal, according to the Daily Star. The 24-year-old backup goalkeeper will move to the Championship with Steve Bruce and Aston Villa, after he was promised he would be their #1 this season – snubbing interest from Middlesbrough.

It has felt like Johnstone has been on the fringes of the first-team for several years now, without really making that breakthrough. To me though, the writing appears to be on the wall about his long-term future. He is yet to make a first-team appearance for the Red Devils, and at this point,

He is yet to make a first-team appearance for the Red Devils, and at this point, he’s probably fourth choice in behind David de Gea, Sergio Romero and Joel Pereira – who have all gone on pre-season tour.

The fact that he will be playing week-in-week-out in the Championship for a club with the stature of Aston Villa can only help his development, but I’m honestly not sure as to why this move isn’t a permanent one. It’d make sense to at least get some sort of transfer fee for him, rather than losing him on a free contract when his deal at Old Trafford eventually expires.

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