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Man United goalkeeper Johnstone joins Aston Villa

Johnstone is looking forward to getting started. Credit: PA

Aston Villa have signed goalkeeper Sam Johnstone from Manchester United on loan for the rest of the season.

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

He becomes 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.

He's good for the club and I can't wait to get going now.

– Aston Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone


West Ham to appeal dubious red card against Man Utd

West Ham have told the Football Association they will appeal against the red card shown to Sofiane Feghouli during Monday's defeat to Manchester United.

The red card baffled Slaven Bilic and most other onlookers. Credit: PA

Feghouli was sent off after 15 minutes by referee Mike Dean for a tackle on United defender Phil Jones as the Hammers lost 2-0 at the London Stadium.

Replays suggested the decision had been harsh and West Ham will now appeal in the hope of sparing their midfielder a three-match suspension.

A club spokesman told Press Association Sport: "The FA have been informed of our intention to appeal."

If a three-match ban is upheld, Feghouli would miss West Ham's FA Cup third round tie at home to Manchester City on Friday, as well as Premier League fixtures against Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough.

Feghouli was making his first league start of the season against United after joining Slaven Bilic's side on a free transfer from Valencia last summer.


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Man Utd lose Bailly to African Nations Cup before West Ham clash

Man Utd defender Eric Bailly. Credit: PA

Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho is frustrated with Ivory Coast after they refused to delay Eric Bailly's African Nations Cup departure by 24 hours.

Bailly returned to the starting XI in Saturday's 2-1 win over Middlesbrough and Mourinho hoped he would be available to take on West Ham on Monday.

That could not happen without the consent of his national side, who are preparing for the tournament in Gabon, and coach Michel Dussuyer was not willing to take the risk.

"Bailly is leaving - he goes to the national team," Mourinho said.

"He has to be with them on 2 January. We asked them for him to be on 3 January but they refused, so he cannot play against West Ham.

"With these kind of decisions they are controlling every second, so for sure they are going to win the African Cup.

"I know I lose Bailly for a month so I'm going to have (Chris) Smalling, (Marcus) Rojo, (Phil) Jones… three players for eight matches."

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