Man Utd's Sam Johnstone off on loan to Preston North End
By Andy Charles
Last Updated: 31/12/15 3:21pm
Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has rejoined Preston North End on a 28-day emergency loan.
Johnstone made 25 appearances for the club last season and was part of the side that secured promotion to the Sky Bet Championship by beating Swindon Town 4-0 in the League One play-off final at Wembley.
He is set to play the first game of his second spell with the club on Saturday when they take on Rotherham United, with Jordan Pickford having been recalled from his season-long loan by Sunderland.
The 22-year-old was given a squad number by Louis van Gaal at the start of the season, with doubts over David de Gea's future at Old Trafford, but he is yet to make a senior appearance in 2015-16.
"Sam is someone we know very well and someone we tried to sign in the summer. It is a big boost to have him available and back at the football club again," Preston manager Simon Grayson told Preston's official website.
"Jordan has gone back and we would like to thank him for his efforts whilst he was here. It is no surprise, considering how well he has done that they want to have a look at him.
"He was fantastic to work with and he contributed majorly to us, but that disappointing news was countered by the news we were able to bring Sam back to the football club.
"We made no secret of the fact we wanted Sam back in the summer and we made a huge effort to get it done, but it didn't materialize then, however, we are in a good position now, bringing in someone who knows all about us, knows the players and the way we work and hopefully he will slot back in just how he left us at Wembley."