Johnstone playing for the England U19s in 2012
|Full name||Samuel Luke Johnstone|
|Date of birth||25 March 1993|
|Place of birth||Preston, England|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
(on loan from Manchester United)
|2011||→ Oldham Athletic (loan)||0||(0)|
|2011–2012||→ Scunthorpe United (loan)||12||(0)|
|2013||→ Walsall (loan)||7||(0)|
|2013||→ Yeovil Town (loan)||1||(0)|
|2014||→ Doncaster Rovers (loan)||18||(0)|
|2014–2015||→ Doncaster Rovers (loan)||10||(0)|
|2015||→ Preston North End (loan)||22||(0)|
|2015–2016||→ Preston North End (loan)||4||(0)|
|2017||→ Aston Villa (loan)||21||(0)|
|2017–||→ Aston Villa (loan)||8||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:14, 16 September 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:50, 29 June 2013 (UTC)
Samuel Luke Johnstone (born 25 March 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays as goalkeeper for Aston Villa, on loan from Manchester United. He has also spent time on loan with Oldham Athletic, Scunthorpe United, Walsall, Yeovil Town, Doncaster Rovers and Preston North End. He was an England youth international, winning caps at under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-20 levels. He is the son of Glenn Johnstone, a former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Preston North End in the early 1990s.
Johnstone joined Manchester United at academy level; in the 2010–11 season, he was number one keeper in the academy, where he shared the duties the previous season.
On 26 July 2011, Johnstone joined League One side Oldham Athletic on loan, as both of their first-choice goalkeepers were sidelined by injury. He made two appearances, both in pre-season friendlies; a 0–0 home draw with Burnley and a 1–0 away victory against Fleetwood Town, before returning to his parent club.
On 9 September 2011, Johnstone joined League One side Scunthorpe United on a one-month loan after their first-choice keeper Josh Lillis suffered a long-term injury. The following day, he made his debut at the Glanford Park in a 1–1 draw against Sheffield United. On 19 October 2011, Johnstone dislocated his finger during a training session, forcing Scunthorpe United to search for an emergency goalkeeper once again. On 10 November 2011, Scunthorpe extended the loan until 9 December 2011, which was then extended to 10 January 2012.
On 20 March 2013, Manchester United agreed for Johnstone to spend the rest of the season on loan to Walsall. Johnstone kept consecutive clean sheets in his first few games and was first-choice goalkeeper during his loan-spell.
On 17 August 2013, Johnstone was loaned to Yeovil Town for a period of three months. He made his debut on the same day in a 2–0 loss to Burnley, but it was later confirmed that Johnstone had suffered a finger injury prior to his debut and returned to Manchester United for treatment.
On 31 January 2014, Johnstone was loaned to Doncaster Rovers for four weeks. With the first-choice keeper Ross Turnbull injured, Johnstone made his debut the following day at the Keepmoat against Middlesbrough. On 4 April 2014, Johnstone agreed a loan extension until the end of the 2013–14 season. On 27 October 2014, Johnstone again joined Doncaster Rovers on loan, initially until January 2015.
On 12 January 2015, Johnstone joined his home-town club Preston North End on loan until the end of the 2014–15 season. On 25 May 2015, Johnstone kept a clean sheet in the League One play-off Final as Preston won promotion to the Championship with a 4–0 win over Swindon Town at Wembley Stadium.
On the 31 December 2015, he re-signed for Preston on an initial 28-day loan, after Sunderland recalled Jordan Pickford on the same day. He made his first appearance of his second stint at Preston in the 2–1 win over Rotherham United at Deepdale.
On 5 January 2017, Johnstone joined Championship club Aston Villa on loan until the end of the 2016–17 season. He made his debut on 8 January 2017, in an FA Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. During the period of this loan spell, he kept more clean sheets in the Championship than any other goalkeeper. In July 2017, he returned to Aston Villa on a loan deal until the end of the 2017–18 season.
On Manchester United's pre-season tour of the United States in July 2015, Johnstone played as second-choice keeper ahead of Anders Lindegaard, covering for David de Gea while the Spaniard recovered from a knock. He started in the victories over Club América and San Jose Earthquakes (playing the entire game) and came on as a second-half substitute against Barcelona in a 3–1 victory.
After rumours of de Gea's transfer saga to Real Madrid caused the Spaniard to be dropped from the Manchester United squad, Johnstone was named on the bench behind Sergio Romero for the first game of the season against Tottenham Hotspur. After de Gea returned to the United first-team, following the collapse of his move, Johnstone failed to make the bench again in 2015.
On 16 October 2016, Johnstone extended his contract at Manchester United until June 2018.
Johnstone made his debut for the England under-19 team against Slovakia under-19s in September 2010. He also was part of the victorious England squad at the 2010 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship.
Johnstone's father is Glenn Johnstone, a former professional footballer who played in The Football League for Preston North End in the early 1990s, in between spells with Lancaster City and Morecambe. His younger brother, Max, joined Manchester United as a youth team player in September 2016.
- As of match played 16 September 2017
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other[nb 1]||Total|
|Manchester United||2011–12||Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Scunthorpe United (loan)||2011–12||League One||12||0||0||0||0||0||–||1||0||13||0|
|Walsall (loan)||2012–13||League One||7||0||0||0||0||0||–||0||0||7||0|
|Yeovil Town (loan)||2013–14||Championship||1||0||0||0||0||0||–||–||1||0|
|Doncaster Rovers (loan)||2013–14||Championship||18||0||0||0||0||0||–||–||18||0|
|Doncaster Rovers (loan)||2014–15||League One||10||0||3||0||0||0||–||1||0||14||0|
|Preston North End (loan)||2014–15||League One||22||0||0||0||0||0||–||3||0||25||0|
|Preston North End (loan)||2015–16||Championship||4||0||0||0||0||0||–||–||4||0|
|Aston Villa (loan)||2016–17||Championship||21||0||1||0||0||0||–||–||22||0|
|Aston Villa (loan)||2017–18||Championship||8||0||0||0||0||0||–||–||8||0|
- Preston North End
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