Manchester United have confirmed the transfer of goalkeeper Lee Grant. The former Derby County, Burnley and Oldham Athletic shotstopper joins on a two-year deal from newly-relegated Stoke City, and will likely occupy the number three slot this season behind David de Gea and Sergio Romero. Joel Pereira, United’s Portuguese academy graduate is expected to leave the club on loan this season to gain experience, and Jose Mourinho has acted to make sure that the number 3 slot is covered for the upcoming campaign.
“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,”said Grant in his first interview since joining the club with Manutd.com. “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.”
“I want to say a huge thank you to those close to me who have supported me along my journey so far. I’m looking forward to meeting my team-mates and giving everything possible for the club in the upcoming season.”
Grant’s signing may have generated the least amount of buzz of United’s three summer acquisitions so far, but the ‘keeper’s move isn’t insignificant. Whilst De Gea has yet to pick up a long-term injury during his time at Old Trafford, having extra cover is always useful for the club, and given Grant’s experience, there’s every chance that the Spaniard and his Argentine counterpart could learn from him. Grant’s enthusiasm for the move is clear, and hopefully, he’ll be able to make something of an impact at Old Trafford.