Manchester United star Sam Johnstone is unhappy at not being allowed to leave Old Trafford this summer, reports the Daily Mail.
The 22-year-old had asked to leave the club on loan, but manager Louis van Gaal denied his request. At the time it was looking likely that fellow goalkeepers David De Gea and Victor Valdes could both leave the club. As such, the Dutchman likely wanted to stop one of his other options in the position from departing.
However, now that the transfer window has closed, both De Gea and Valdes are still at the club. This means that Johnstone could be behind the pair and new signing Sergio Romero in the pecking order. His agent, Jordan Segal, claims that this proves van Gaal is holding back young English talent with the Red Devils.
“Sam just wants to play football but Manchester United are holding him back and not even playing him,” said his representative, “He is a young goalkeeper and it is time for him to play regularly. If that is not at Manchester United, then it has to be elsewhere. This is an example of young English talent being held back by Van Gaal.
“The start of the season was the perfect opportunity to give Sam his chance to prove he can play for United. He is ready. If they do not want him to play then he needs to move for the sake of his career. He cannot sit on the bench or in the reserves. England should have as many goalkeepers as possible to pick from. Given the early progress in his career that is the level he is aiming for. He is not going to get there by not playing.”
The youngster signed a three-year contract with United under former boss David Moyes, but he doesn’t know where he stands under the Dutchman. With Romero chosen for the first six games of the current campaign, and De Gea number one last time round, it is unlikely that the academy product will get much game time unless he leaves.