The Portuguese boss did not reveal where Johnstone would be going, but simply mentioned he’d be the only player leaving on loan.
This leaves the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay, who have been heavily linked with exits from Old Trafford in two areas, they could either not be leaving or could be departing in a permanent deal.
Man United’s official twitter account confirmed Mourinho’s comments in his press conference ahead of the Middlesbrough clash.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 30, 2016
Letting Memphis leave on a permanent deal could be a costly mistake, as we’ve seen with the likes of Paul Pogba, who returned to the club as the world’s most expensive player.
He has the potential to go on and become a top player at Old Trafford, especially if he picks up some game time in the Premier League, but letting him go altogether doesn’t quite make sense.
Especially at 22, he has plenty of time to develop and one disappointing season shouldn’t put an end to his career at Man United.