English Premiership

Man United goalkeeper departs Old Trafford

2018-07-07 12:49
Jose Mourinho.(Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester United have confirmed the sale of back-up goalkeeper Sam Johnstone to recently-relegated Premier League outfit West Bromwich Albion.

The Baggies were relegated towards the end of 2017/18 and will now ply their trade in the Championship which is the second tier of English football. It ended a eight-year spell in the top flight for the West Midlands outfit.

However, West Brom are already making preparations for the new campaign and have added Johnstone to their squad for a five million pound deal.

The 25-year-old never broke through into the first team during his seven-year stay at OId Trafford, and spent the majority of his career on loan to teams in the lower divisions.

His last stint was with Aston Villa where he impressed and was unfortunate not to help his side to promotion to the EPL after they lost in the playoff final to Fulham.

Nonetheless, he caught the eye for the Villans and has subsequently won a move to the Hawthorns for 2018/19.

Speaking to the club's official website, the shot-stopper said: "I'm happy to be here. I've spoken to a lot of people about the club and heard nothing but good things.

"It's good to get through the door. I've played Championship games and won a promotion from League One with Preston but always seemed to end back at Manchester United or going somewhere else.

"Now it's time to settle down and take my game up to the next level which I believe I can do here."

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