Doncaster Rovers manager Paul Dickov has admitted that the club's signing of Manchester United 'keeper Sam Johnstone is a massive coup for his side.
Johnstone joined the League One outfit on Monday and will stay with the club on loan until January 3, and Dickov has insisted that he's delighted to have the youngster back at the club.
Dickov has insisted that the England Under-21 international has a great future ahead of him, and expects him to progress his career even further with Doncaster over the coming weeks.
Speaking about the deal, the Doncaster boss told the club's official site: “We’re delighted. Sam came in last year was outstanding for us and for the club its a massive coup so I’ve got to thank Manchester United for letting us have him and Sam for coming back.
“He’s got a massive future ahead of him if he progressing and he felt that he progressed here last year which was a big factor in him coming back.”
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Dickov has also revealed that his club did face major competition in pursuit of the player, but has insisted that Manchester United pushed forward the deal.
“We did [have competition] and I wouldn’t say I was surprised but there was a lot of good will from Manchester United and Sam to come back. He knows the place, the fans love him and so do the players and it’s a good fit for him.
“Sam knows what he's going to get with us; he improved under Paul [Gerrard] and knows what I’m like as a manager."
Manchester United options
It's not surprising that Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal granted Johnstone's short-term departure away from the Theatre of Dreams. After all, the Red Devils have Spanish ace David de Gea who has been in inspired form of late.
As well as De Gea, the Red Devils also have Danish 'keeper Anders Lindegaard at their disposal, whilst former Barcelona man Victor Valdes is currently training with the club. It remains to be seen, however, as to whether the Red Devils offer Valdes a permanent deal with the club.
De Gea and Co. will currently be focusing on this weekend's Manchester derby as the Red Devils travel to the Etihad to take on Premier League champions Manchester City. United will be determined to secure a positive result against their neighbours, as they look to climb the league table.