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Scunthorpe sign young Man Utd keeper Johnstone on loan

Sam Johnstone
Sam Johnstone won the FA Youth Cup with Manchester United in 2011

Scunthorpe United have signed teenage Manchester United reserve keeper Sam Johnstone on a month's loan, with an option of extending the deal.

The 18-year-old signs following the knee injury sustained by Josh Lillis in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Colchester.

"They don't have poor players at United," Scunthorpe manager Alan Knill told BBC Radio Humberside. "They think really highly of him.

"There was quite a bit of interest in him so we are delighted he has come."

Preston-born keeper England youth international Johnstone is yet to make his league debut. But he was part of the Manchester United side which won the FA Youth Cup earlier this year and trained with Oldham during pre-season.

And, after joining fellow Man Utd youngster Oliver Norwood on loan at Glanford Park, Johnstone is simply looking forward to getting some first-team experience.

"I think it's what I need," said Johnstone. "The experience at quite a young age will be good for me.

I went to see Sir Alex Ferguson and he told me to concentrate, do well and just enjoy it.

Sam Johnstone

"Hopefully we'll do well and I'll get some games under my belt.

"Since I was 10 years old, I've been used to Manchester United, the same environment, the same people. You've got to come to a club and grow up and be a man.

"I went to see Sir Alex Ferguson and he told me to concentrate, do well and just enjoy it."

Scunny boss Knill added: "We are confident in him which is the most important thing. I could have gone for an experienced goalkeeper but let's have a young keeper and help someone's career."

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