Sam Johnstone: It's every boy's dream to play for Manchester United

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Doncaster Rovers loanee Sam Johnstone admits it's every boys dream to play for Manchester United, and revealed plans to oust current first choice goalkeeper David de Gea by claiming the number one spot at Old Trafford.

The England U20 international, who is currently enjoying a spell with the League One outfit, remains hopeful of a bright future with the Red Devils under the new tutelage of Louis van Gaal.

The Dutch coach has already shown a willingness to give youth a chance in the first-team, and Johnstone says that has given him extra motivation to make a senior breakthrough with the Premier League giants.

"Old Trafford is obviously where I want to be," the 21-year-old is quoted saying in an interview with the Doncaster Free Press.

"It is difficult. Obviously [David] De Gea is not much older than me. [But] I've been there since I was ten years old and sometimes you have to come away and learn your trade, to go back and push.

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"It's every boy's dream to play for Manchester United and I signed a new contract not long ago."

Johnstone is under no illusions that he faces a difficult task if he is to successfully replace one of the world's most highly rated custodians, but with speculation linking the Spain international with a move away from United, the youngster is hopeful that might present an opportunity to replace the £75,000-a-week star.

Real Madrid have been mooted as genuine admirers of De Gea, as Carlo Ancelotti continues his search for a long-term replacement for veteran stopper Iker Casillas at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"It's every boy's dream to play for Manchester United."

It's not yet clear whether the former Atletico Madrid man is keen on a return to his homeland, but if Manchester United's poor form and absence from European competition continues then they might struggle to keep hold of the player's services.

Johnstone was offered a new three-and-a-half year contract at Old Trafford earlier this year, so it seems that senior club officials are still hopeful that the youngster will mature into a talented star of the future.

For now, though, he'll be focusing on helping his current club mount a push for promotion back to the Championship, and will be looking to catch the eye with a string of impressive performances at the Keepmoat Stadium over the coming months.


Asked whether he would consider a prolonged stay in Doncaster, Johnstone appeared open-minded about the prospect, but couldn't hide his burning desire to make it at his boyhood club, who he's been with for over a decade since joining at academy level.

"Who knows? We'll see what happens," he added.

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