West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has narrated how Ajax chief executive, Edwin Van Der Sar paid a fine for him during his time at Manchester United. Edwin Van Der Sar was a former goalkeeper for Premier League teams Fulham and Manchester United. Edwin Van Der Sar also played for Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam and the Dutch national team. Edwin Van Der Sar went into football administration after he hung up his gloves and the Dutchman is the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) at Ajax Amsterdam in the Dutch Eredivisie. According to West Brom shot stopper Sam Johnstone, Edwin Van Der Sar showed his kind gesture by paying the fine on his behalf after he was punished for a swollen thumb. Sam Johnstone was at Manchester United back then and he was fined for his failure to wear thumb support. The goalkeepers were told to wear thumb support always to prevent injury but a young Sam Johnstone had forgotten his at home on the said day.

Sam Johnstone had been at Manchester United since age 10 and he spent nine years at the club. After seven different loan spells, Manchester United received £6.5m from West Brom for his services in 2018 and he was with the Baggies in the Championship for the first two seasons before they gained promotion into the Premier League. Sam Johnstone has been in fine form in the Premier League as the Baggies try to keep themselves in the top flight this season. Sam Johnstone talked about his time at Manchester United in a recent interview monitored by West Brom and Sam Johnstone are nine points adrift of safety at the moment ahead of the final third of the current Premier League season.