In the latest Manchester United news, goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is considering his future at the club and accepts that it might finally be time to move on.
Johnstone has been on the books at Old Trafford since joining the academy in 2009, although he has yet to make a senior appearance for the Red Devils in any competition.
He is currently enjoying his second loan spell of the season at Aston Villa, and his 10th in total having previously had time at Oldham, Scunthorpe, Walsall and Yeovil, as well as two spells at both Doncaster and Preston.
The 25-year-old has impressed under former United captain Steve Bruce at Villa, helping the West Midlands outfit to have all but secured a play-off place in the Championship, although hopes of automatic promotion were dealt a big blow by the 3-1 defeat at Norwich at the weekend.
Still, the Villans remain in a good position in fourth in the Championship table with five games to go and can be backed at 9/4 to go up this season with William Hill.
Johnstone is currently behind David de Gea, Sergio Romero and youngster Joel Castro in the United pecking order, and even though the club decided to take up the option of extending his current contract up until the summer of 2019, he has admitted he can’t see his situation improving and may now have to move on, despite regretting the fact he hasn’t made a competitive appearance.
“If you leave, then the one downside is that you haven’t done that despite being there since you were 10,” he told the Guardian.
“I’d have liked to have done it. But you’ve got the world’s best goalkeeper, David de Gea, at the club and you can’t wait around forever.”