Sam Johnstone leaves Manchester United on loan

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Manchester United youngster Sam Johnstone has joined League One side Doncaster Rovers on loan.

According to the Manchester Evening News the young goalkeeper has returned to Doncaster after spending the last few months of last season at the club.

With David De Gea and Anders Lindegaard at the club, and Ben Amos in reserve too, Johnstone has plenty of competition just to break into the first-team squad.

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As a result, Louis van Gaal has decided to send him out on loan again to get more first-team experience. He made 18 appearances for Doncaster last season, and will join them on a temporary basis for three months this time around.

Johnstone becomes the ninth member of United's squad on loan, with high profile players like Javier Hernandez at Real Madrid and Nani back at Sporting Lisbon.

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The talented England under-20 international has spent time on loan at various lower league English clubs like Scunthorpe, Walsall and Yeovil and Johnstone is hopeful of breaking into the set-up at Old Trafford sooner rather than later.

Now 21 years old, he looks set to replace Jed Steer in the Doncaster goal. Steer, on loan from Aston Villa, is ready to return to Villa Park after making 17 appearances for Rovers.

Manchester United recorded a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at the weekend, in what represented progress for the club in big games following disappointments at Old Trafford against Liverpool and Manchester City last season.


The Blues went ahead through Didier Drogba but a late Robin van Persie strike pegged them back. David De Gea, who has been one of United's best players since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, was again excellent.

The young Spaniard has been linked with a departure, but is now a crucial player for the Red Devils and they'll be desperate to keep him at the club.

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