Manchester United are a club stuffed with talent, so stuffed that promising youngsters struggle to make any kind of breakthrough.These players usually find game time either by moving on or going out on loan to lower league clubs.

This is the situation with young United stopper Sam Johnstone, although that may be about to change according to the Daily Star with Jonhstone said to be joining Aston Villa on loan.

Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is said to be wanting “competition in key positions” and the Star say that a new keeper is on the mind of the ‘Special One’ with youngster Johnstone “heading to the Championship outfit on loan.”

Steve Bruce’s predecessor in the Villa hotseat, Roberto Di Matteo, brought in Pierlugi Gollini from Hellas Verona for a fee thought to be in excess of £4m, but he has failed to impress at VIlla Park.Gollini competes with Mark Bunn for the number one spot but Bunn has not been impressive either, committing an error in not holding Leeds United defender Pontus Janson’s header in the recent tie between the two sides.

The Sun report that Johnstone with go on loan and become Villa’s first-choice keeper with Bruce “unhappy with his two keepers,” and that “Johnstone will go into the side.” This season Jaohnstone has been restricted to five Premier League 2 games, the youngster conceding four times and keeping two clean sheets.

Johnstone does have experience away from Old Trafford, impressing whilst on loan with Preston North End last season, playing 29 times for the Deepdale side, conceding 23 times but keeping 13 clean sheets. Alongside shorter loan deals at Yeovil Town (one game), Walsall (seven games) and Scunthorpe (12 games), Johnstone’s other long-term loan was at Doncaster Rovers where he featured 32 times, conceding 38 and keeping nine clean sheets.


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