By Mark Weasley
Manchester United have completed the signing of veteran goalkeeper, Lee Grant from Stoke City.
The 35-year-old shotstopper becomes the third signing of the summer following the arrivals of Fred and Diogo Dalot. He arrives from Stoke on a £1.5m deal, having signed a two-year deal to become the club’s new third choice goalkeeper.
His signing coincides with the sale of Sam Johnstone to West Brom, and he was visibly happy at joining United. Grant will add experience to the goalkeeping department and, potentially, allow the likes of Joel Pereira and Kieran O’Hara go out on loan to gain regular football at senior level.
Jose Mourinho was impressed with him in the 2016/17 campaign as Stoke played a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, with Grant making a series of fine saves. He returned to his back-up role at Stoke last term as Jack Butland returned to his number one position after a long injury layoff.
Speaking after the deal was confirmed, Grant said, “Moving to Manchester United has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember,” “This was an opportunity that I couldn’t let pass and I’m thrilled to become a part of such a historic club. “I’ve enjoyed every moment of my career so far and I’m now ready to continue learning and improving alongside some of the best players in the game. But at the same time, I intend to use my experience to help the team whenever possible.”
He is not expected to feature often, but has been signed in an almost advisory role, providing quality backup as well as being an inspiration to the academy goalies.
David De Gea is still the undisputed number 1, while Sergio Romero will be his deputy. Grant is a shot-stopper known for his reflexes, ability to command his area as well as his capability in dealing with aerial balls.
He has made 509 appearances in his career till date, after making his debut for Derby in the 2002/03 season.