According to reports, Aston Villa and Wigan Athletic are looking to sign Manchester United academy’s ace goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on loan in January.
Earlier in the season, there were reports that Johnstone may be set to leave Old Trafford on a permanent deal due to his contract being set to expire in the summer but the 23-year-old is said to be highly rated by Jose Mourinho and the 23-year-old recently signed a new deal at Old Trafford. The new deal ties him down to the club until 2018 but the goalkeeper could go out on loan in January in order to gain the first team experience which he has not been handed at Manchester United.
Mourinho doesn’t see Johnstone as an upgrade David De Gea as the number one or even get past Sergio Romero on the pecking order at Manchester United which is completely appropriate. And so loaning him out to make sure he gets some first team experience this season will be beneficiary for both.
Johnstone has previously been loaned to Walsall, Scunthorpe United, Yeovil town, Doncaster and Preston North End and Aston Villa have been linked to the youngster since last January.
Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce is keen to bolster his goalkeeping options in the winter window with Pierluigi Gollini, Jed Steer and Mark Bunn failing to impress the former Hull City manager. On the other hand, Latics are also desperately searching for a new shot-stopper after recently losing Adam Bogdan to a season-ending injury. Wigan Athletic have recently appointed former Manchester United Under-23 manager Warren Joyce as their new boss and they will hope they have the edge on the signature as Johnstone has played under the former academy boss.Johnstone admitted in the summer that he has enjoyed his experiences out on loan but is determined to force himself into contention for a starting spot at United.
Earlier in an interview, Johnstone told that he has enjoyed his activity out on loan but is determined to force himself into competition for a starting spot at Manchester United.
“I’ve been on loan in previous seasons and enjoyed it, playing men’s football for points in front of crowds. You can’t beat that,” Johnstone said.
“But, like I’ve said, I’m here and, every time I step on the pitch, I’m here to do a job and hopefully show the manager what I can do and push Sergio [Romero] and David [De Gea].”