Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone’s Marcedes car has been stolen by thieves.

Sam Johnstone has become the latest Manchester United player who is  targeted by thieves.

The goalkeeper, 22, returned from the club’s Champions League play-off victory in Bruges against Club Brugge to find his £40,000 Mercedes had been stolen.

Thieves smashed their way in Johnstone’s house in Sale, Manchester, took the keys to his black A Class AMG and drove it away.

Manchester Police believes 22-year-old Johnstone was targeted by crooks who knew he would be away on European duty.

The backup goalkeeper was on the bench 440 miles from Manchester as United beat Club Brugge 4-0 in the second leg of their Champions League play-off.

Sam is the latest in a string of footballers to be targeted by criminals in the north-west.

In February 2015, a masked gang broke into the Cheshire home of Sam’s former teammate Angel Di Maria while he and his family were inside.

The Argentine, a record £59.7m signing from Real Madrid, left to join Paris St Germain after a year in Manchester.

Everton and England defender Phil Jagielka was robbed at knifepoint at his home near Knutsford in 2009.

And Stoke striker Peter Crouch suffered two break-ins, in 2011 and 2006, at two properties in Cheshire.

Ex-United star Darren Fletcher’s wife and mother were threatened with a knife when raiders burst into their home in 2009.

And the wife of ex-England and Liverpool star striker Emile Heskey was also held at knifepoint when a gang raided their mansion in Hale.

The series of raids led to claims that top footballers were installing panic rooms in their homes.

Sam Johnstone is now playing the role of back up goalkeeper for Red Devils behind Sergio Romero who is keeping the goal in the absence of David de Gea who is left out by Louis van Gaal amid interest from Real Madrid and the manager saying that the Spaniard is unwilling to play for Manchester United anymore.

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    Snehanjan Banerjee closely follows English Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A along with other world football events.

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