Aston Villa interested in Man United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone – report

by Leo Nieboer


New Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has expressed an interest Sam Johnstone, according to reports.

Johnstone came to Manchester United’s academy in 2010 and currently stands as the side’s third choice goalkeeper, behind David de Gea and Sergio Romero.

The 23-year-old is yet to make a senior appearance for Man United, and has spent the majority of his career on loan at clubs such as Scunthorpe United, Doncaster Rovers and Preston North End.

According to the Mail Online’s Simon Jones, Aston Villa are keen to make a bid for the Englishman in the January transfer window.

Whether a move to Villa Park for Johnstone would be on a permanent or temporary basis remains to be seen. Jose Mourinho has made it clear that he admires the Englishman, even giving him a chance to participate in warm-ups before games.

That said, Johnstone, who arrived at Old Trafford aged 17, is now 23-years-old, and will need to consider his future carefully. He is, after all, entering the most valuable chapter of his career. Would he want to spend these years watching United games from the stands?

I mean, on a personal level, I’d gladly accept the offer to train with the senior side and watch every game for free, but that’s just me. Johnstone will want to play games, especially as he enters the prime years of his career, and a move to Villa Park would see plenty of opportunities arise.

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