Lee Grant must have thought his agent was joking when he got a call this summer to tell him Manchester United were interested.
The veteran goalkeeper defines the term ‘journeyman’, yet for United he ticked the boxes on a free transfer.
Grant was signed to be United’s third choice, and he will be anxiously hoping is handed an emotional debut for his new club against his very first.
United face Derby County this week in the Carabao Cup and rotation is certain.
Grant will hope he gets the chance to replace David de Gea in goal.
The 35-year-old joined Derby in 2000 and made his debut for the club two years later.
He left in 2007 before rejoining Derby in 2013 and leaving in 2017, racking up more than 180 appearances for the Rams in total.
Grant’s dream game under threat
Grant could hope for nothing better than facing his former side this week.
Whether he will be selected, is another matter.
Grant did not make United’s squad at the weekend, with Sergio Romero preferred as back-up to De Gea.
Romero has recovered from the injury which kept him out of the World Cup and most of United’s pre-season.
The Argentine is United’s usual cup goalkeeper and certainly needs the game time.
Lee Grant will be hoping Jose Mourinho decides to make an exception in his favour.