David de Gea pays tribute to Lee Grant after retirement

Manchester United back-up goalkeeper Lee Grant said goodbye to the club last week as he announced his retirement from playing.

Grant did not play at all for United in the 2021/22 season, a campaign in which he was fourth choice goalkeeper.

He only made the bench once, in United’s FA Cup win over Aston Villa in January.

Grant’s final appearance was in pre-season last July when United were beaten 4-2 by Championship side QPR.

De Gea pays tribute to Lee Grant

Grant was a popular player behind the scenes at Manchester United, especially among the goalkeepers.

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Spanish stopper David de Gea paid tribute to Lee Grant shared an image of the veteran being held aloft by himself and Tom Heaton, and Dean Henderson.

Teammate Bruno Fernandes weighed in, describing Grant as ‘legend’. Not on the pitch but perhaps off it.

Grant has already made his first move after retiring, linking up with former Manchester United assistant coach Kieran McKenna, and Martyn Pert, at League One side Ipswich Town.

He has joined as a first team coach, Ipswich confirmed. Grant told last year how he had completed his UEFA A coaching badge, while at Manchester United.

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Grant explained: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me, and I am really looking forward to it.

“I know Kieran and Martyn having worked with them at Manchester United and I loved the work we were being given from a playing perspective. Now I am excited about working with them again, albeit in a different role.

“I feel really blessed that I have been able to make the decision to retire and go straight into an exciting role with Ipswich Town.

“Over the last few years, I have been preparing for this moment by obtaining my coaching licences, expanding my network and working on a business degree. It has all been with the intention of being in a good place for a smooth transition at this point in my career.”

Grant was Jose Mourinho’s final signing at Manchester United, something nobody envisioned when he was brought aboard in July 2018.

He was a little fortunate to be handed a one year contract extension last summer, and the time is right for his four-year Red Devils spell to come to an end.

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