The agent of Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has hit out at the club, claiming that the youngster needs to leave Old Trafford for the sake of his career.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Johnstone’s agent Jordan Segal at Impact Sports claims this season would have been the 'perfect opportunity' for the talented shot-stopper to star between the sticks in Manchester.
After uncertainty over the long-term future of Spanish international David de Gea, United have had their troubles between the sticks, however Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal has so far opted to play summer signing Sergio Romero in goal, despite playing Johnstone on a number of occasions throughout pre-season.
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It appears, then, that the youngster isn't happy sitting on the Old Trafford bench, with the player's agent seemingly accusing Van Gaal of holding the player back on the international scene for England.
Segal stated: "The start of the season was the perfect opportunity to give Sam his chance to prove he can play for United. He is ready.
"If they do not want him to play then he needs to move for the sake of his career. He cannot sit on the bench or in the reserves.
"England should have as many goalkeepers as possible to pick from. Given the early progress in his career that is the level he is aiming for. He is not going to get there by not playing."
Perhaps, then, with it still seemingly possible that Johnstone could depart the club on loan at some point this season, the Red Devils should allow the youngster to leave on a temporary basis.
And, with David de Gea set to stay on in Manchester for the remainder of the campaign, it's unlikely Johnstone will get a look in anytime soon, so securing first-team experience appears to be the best thing for his career at this stage.
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