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Sam Johnstone in no rush to leave Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

Sam Johnstone has cooled talks of a Manchester United exit following two appearances for the first-team on their North American tour.

Johnstone was behind Victor Valdes in the pecking order prior to Louis van Gaal‘s bombshell that the former Barcelona man had no future at the club.

David de Gea is carrying an injury and Victor Valdes was not brought on the tour, so Johnstone was given 45 minutes against Club America and acquitted himself well.

He then went on to play 90 minutes in the following game and is now considering his future at the club as he works his way into Van Gaal’s plans.

He spent the second half of last season on loan at Preston North End and the club want him back but Johnstone is not so quick to call a halt to his time at United with the goalkeeping position in a precarious state:

“I am contracted to Man United for two maybe three years so they are the biggest club in the world and I have had two chances out here now in America and we can only see what happens in the future,” Johnstone said.

“I saw what Simon Grayson said and that was good. I enjoyed my time there but I never expected to be going to Preston permanently. There was talk about it. That is between the two clubs to decide. If I go back out I would like it to be a loan. I have to see what happens here first.

“If they tell me it is time to move on then it is time to move on but I will keep working hard here and impressing the manager.”

Sam Johnstone is right to wait out the current United goalkeeping situation. While he won’t start for United next season, he could make a case for himself as the back-up keeper.

Van Gaal has nobody in his goalkeeping corps he can trust at the moment given his comments on Valdes and De Gea’s wish to return to Madrid.

If Johnstone plays his cards right, he could benefit from an intriguing situation that United find themselves in.

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