Manchester United goalkeeper Lee Grant has announced his retirement from the sport. The 39-year-old shot-stopper moved to Old Trafford in the summer of 2018 to provide backup for David de Gea and Sergio Romero.
Despite not making a single Premier League appearance, he was a great dressing room presence. He was popular among the goalkeepers. First-choice David de Gea paid a tribute to the Englishman on Instagram
You will be missed Granty. An unbelievable guy and professional. You gave everything every day and I wish you nothing but happiness in your future.David de Gea on Instagram
Bruno Fernandes further called him a “legend” which shows how much admiration the squad had for the veteran. His influence was correctly spotted by Jose Mourinho. He added him to ensure that his squad met the home grown players quota. Basically, in order to have a squad of 25 players, a team must have a minimum of 8 home grown players.
Since Lee Grant qualifies as a “homegrown” player under Premier League guidelines, his presence allowed United to be more flexible with their foreign player signings. Nevertheless, his signing proved to be a bonus because of his vast experience and connection with the other players.
What Next For Grant?
Grant has expressed his desire to get into coaching in the previous years. He has already completed his UEFA A coaching badge. And just after announcing his retirement, it was announced that Ipswich Town had appointed him as their new manager. Grant was buzzing for this new opportunity and looks forward to his new chapter in life.
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. It has all been with the intention of being in a good place for a smooth transition at this point in my career.
Grant departs after 511 appearances for Derby, Burnley, Oldham Athletic, Sheffield Wednesday and Stoke City. Meanwhile, he played twice for the Red Devils. He came on as a substitute in a League Cup game against Derby, and a started Europa League game against Astana.
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