Manchester United 'keeper could leave to rejoin former coach next season

Derby County are reportedly interested in bringing Manchester United keeper Sam Johnstone to the iPro Stadium, a move which would see him link up with former goalkeeping coach Eric Steele. Burnley are also reportedly interested.

Derby County and Burnley are amongst the clubs already 'clamouring' to sign young Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on loan next season.

The United youngster has been a revelation since his move to Doncaster and his form hasn't gone unnoticed by the promotion hunting sides.

Both the Rams and Clarets are still fighting intensely for a return to the Premier League, with Burnley currently in the driving seat 10-points clear of QPR in third and 13 of Derby County in fourth.

In this instance, it's Derby who have the ace in the hole when it comes to this potential transfer. Current Derby County goalkeeping coach Eric Steele is renowned in Manchester as one of the best, if not the best, goalkeeping coaches in the world.

After being an integral part of the coaching staff at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson, the former goalkeeping coach who was regarded as the main reason current first-team goalkeeper David De Gea was able to turn around his early form at the club, found himself out of a job when David Moyes took over the managerial hot-seat.

He later joined back-up with his old club Derby County, along with Steve McClaren and Paul Simpson in a high-profile managerial change which has seen the Rams rise from fourteenth to fourth since their arrival.

And as the Rams plan for next season, it makes sense that Eric Steele would call on his wealth of knowledge and contacts in order to strengthen the East Midland side further in the summer, and Johnstone would be a great addition.

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