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United goalkeeper makes loan move to Aston Villa

Sam Johnstone is leaving United for first team football Credit: PA Images

Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has joined Aston Villa on loan for the rest of the season.

United boss Jose Mourinho stated before the transfer window opened that Johnstone will be the only player allowed to leave Old Trafford on loan in January.

The 23-year-old could make his debut in Sunday's FA Cup trip to Tottenham after joining on Thursday.

He becomes former red Steve Bruce's first signing for Villa, with the boss having targeted a new goalkeeper in January.

Johnstone told the club's official site: "I'm really pleased to have joined Aston Villa - it's a massive club.

"I'm really excited to be here. Aston Villa were interested and it's an opportunity I jumped at. It's one you simply can't turn down.

"I can't wait to work with Steve Bruce too. I've heard very good things about the manager. You can see his track record.

The move means United have had to recall Joel Pereira from his loan spell at Belenenses in Portugal.

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