The 22-year-old goalkeeper was expected to join Preston North End on loan this summer but with De Gea’s future still not finalised, others are being left in limbo waiting for a solution.
Victor Valdes, Anders Lindegaard and Johnstone could all potentially be leaving United this summer in different capacities but it doesn’t look like much will be done until the De Gea situation is resolved.
“I’m not sure. Nothing’s been said really,” said Johnstone.
“We’re waiting on different situations and have to see how it pans out.”
When asked whether he would need to Valdes and Lindegaard to stay at United so he could complete his move to Preston, Johnstone added: “Well, hopefully, because I need to play games but on the other hand I am contracted here to Manchester United so I have to see what happens here first. So it does have a knock-on effect on me.
“I finished last season on a high playing [for Preston] in the play-off final at Wembley with my hometown club, so I need to kick on from that but hopefully if I am involved a lot I can still learn here.
“And if I wasn’t getting the game time here then I could go on loan later in the season. That’s another possibility so we will have to see what happens.”
It’s a shame for Johnstone that the situation with De Gea is causing him some problems but the club finds itself in a tricky situation and those issues are rippling down onto other players.
Valdes is expected to leave, Lindegaard’s agent insists he has been looking for a new club on more than one occasion, Johnstone wants to go out on loan and De Gea could leave on a permanent basis.
So, within the next three weeks, four goalkeepers could be leaving United in various directions and it’s no surprise to hear that potential goalkeeper tombola is causing some problems in the squad.