Manchester United goalkeeper Lee Grant has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 39 as the club’s summer exodus begins
Grant, who’d previously played over 500 games for Derby, Sheffield Wednesday, Burnley, Stoke, and others, signed for United as goalkeeping cover in 2018
The 39-year-old goalkeeper made just two appearances for Manchester United
His debut came against Derby in the EFL Cup in September 2018, as a substitute for Juan Mata after keeper Sergio Romero was sent off.
Grant made his second appearance away to Kazakh club Astana in the group stage of the 2019-20 UEFA Europa League
Announcing his retirement from football 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
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“So to have achieved that fills me with great pride and emotion!
“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 have 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.
“I’m thankful to each and every club for what they have given to me, each one has shaped me into who I am.
“The relationship with the supporters of these great clubs will always be one of my most treasured memories
“There are too many incredible football people to thank as I’ve received untold amounts of help from so many special people over the last 23 years.
“I do however want to say a huge thank you to my family and in particular my wife, Helen, for moving around the country with me, allowing me to pursue my dream.
“Football has given me so much, but it can also be tough on partners and children.
“Without them, it would never have been possible to achieve what I did.
“As I move into the next stage of my career, I’m excited and hungry about the beginning of a new journey and the hard work that lies ahead!”