Date: 10th July 2017 at 6:00am
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Former academy star makes loan moveSam Johnstone is on his way back to Aston Villa on a season long loan after agreed a with the Midland outfit according to the latest reports. 

The Manchester Evening News notes that Johnstone has returned to Villa Park – the club where he amassed over 20 appearances last season.

Middlesbrough were also believed to be interested in the 24 year-old but Johnstone was convinced by Villa boss, former United skipper Steve Bruce that he’d be first choice for the Midland outfit as they prepare to mount a promotion bid from the Championship.

under 20 international Johnstone has been on loan for seven different clubs since he broke through the United academy but despite his glowing reputation and a string of impressive displays for both the academy and while on loan he has never been given the chance with the United first team.

With David De Gea, United’s number one plus Sergio Romero and Joel Pereira also ahead of Johnstone in the Old Trafford pecking order a loan move makes perfect sense – reports are that rates him.

Here’s how United fans reacted to the news: