Aston Villa announced that they snapped Manchester United’s goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on a season-long loan.
Johnstone rejoined the Villains after spending six months with the team last season, allowing 26 goals and recording eight clean sheets in 22 matches. Man United’s manager Jose Mourinho allowed Sam to leave as he doesn’t count on him for the upcoming campaign, with De Gea, Romero, and Pereira all ahead of the Englishman in the pecking order.
The 24-year-old never made his debut for the Red Devils, and his current contract with them is expiring the next summer so he will leave Old Trafford as a free agent. Villa’s gaffer Steve Bruce is delighted to have Johnstone back at Villa Park, and he could easily start the season as the No. 1 goalkeeper, with Mark Bunn and Jed Steer as competition for the starting spot.
Johnstone was happy with the return to Aston Villa as he said: I am delighted to be back. I really enjoyed my last spell here – it’s a great club with top players and passionate fans. I can’t wait to get started now. I believe it can be a special season for all of us and I will be working hard each and every day to produce the kind of performances that will help us achieve what we’re aiming for.”