Manchester United goalkeeper Lee Grant announces retirement from professional football

Manchester United goalkeeper Lee Grant has announced his retirement from professional football after making over 500 career appearances.

The 39-year-old joined the Red Devils from Stoke City in the summer of 2018, having previously played for Derby County, Oldham Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday.

Grant’s contract at Old Trafford was due to expire at the end of next month, but the veteran has decided to call time on his playing career.

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The former England Under-21 international made two first-team appearances for the Reds, with his debut coming against former side Derby in the 2018/19 League Cup third round at Old Trafford.

Grant came off the bench against the Rams after Sergio Romero was given a red card, but Grant couldn’t stop Jose Mourinho’s United side being knocked out on penalties by Frank Lampard’s men.

In the following season, Grant became the club’s most senior European debutant of all time, at the age of 36 years and 305 days, when he was named in a starting XI packed with youngsters for a Europa League group-stage game away to Astana. 

Lee Grant announces retirement

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Grant became a key part of the United dressing room with his experience and advice, but he is now set to embark on a new chapter, and he has previously spoken of his plans to go down the coaching route.

Speaking via the club’s official website, Grant said: “After 511 appearances, I’ve decided it’s the right time to move into the next stage of my career.

“There have been so many fun moments mixed in with the odd challenge, but I’m grateful for each and every one.

“Fulfilling a boyhood dream of playing for Manchester United was something I thought was out of reach, so to have achieved that fills me with great pride and emotion.”

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Grant continued: “Although I haven’t played as many games in the last four years, I’ve given everything to the group every single day on the training pitch and in the dressing room. The opportunity to join the biggest club in the world was one I could never turn down and I’m so grateful for the lessons learned and the friends I’ve gained.

“The opportunity to challenge, set standards and ultimately learn from some truly exceptional players and staff has been so valuable.

“I’ve been extremely fortunate to play for some amazing clubs, Derby County, Oldham Athletic, Sheffield Wednesday, Burnley, Stoke City and now to finish at the pinnacle – Manchester United.”

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