Manchester United’s Sam Johnstone joins Preston North End on loan

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United have confirmed that Sam Johnstone has rejoined Preston North End for a second loan spell.

Johnstone spent last season on loan at Deepdale and helped Preston secure promotion to the Championship with a clean sheet in the League One play-off final at Wembley.

The 22-year-old is yet to make a competitive appearance at Man United but he has gained experience at a number of lower league clubs. Johnstone insisted he is relishing the opportunity to return to Preston.

“I’m delighted to be back and hopefully I can start playing some games,” he said.

”It’s great to be around the team at Manchester United, they are the biggest club in the world but, at the end of the day, I’m 22 years old and I have to think about myself a little bit and I need to be playing first-team football. I get to do that now in the Championship which is a great league to play in.

“Looking around the dressing room I think there are only two or three players that I don’t know so that’s good. Last time I didn’t know anyone but I still settled in quite quickly, the lads and staff are really good. I know the defence, and I know Marnick Vermijl from United too so hopefully all is good this time around too.

“My last game for Preston was at Wembley, it only feels like it was yesterday. It was a great day, but now we’ve got to kick on. I’ve seen the results that the lads have been getting recently and hopefully we can carry that on.”

Sam Johnstone

Johnstone joins Preston on a one-month loan deal and he will go straight into the squad to face Rotherham on Saturday.

The decision to let him leave explains why United recalled Joel Castro Pereira from his loan at Rochdale earlier this week. It will be good to see Johnstone pick up experience elsewhere as it is unlikely that he will get in the starting XI ahead of David de Gea and Sergio Romero.

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