Tuesday, 29 November 2022

Lee Grant, Manchester United goalkeeper, retired from professional football career

Lee Grant, Manchester United goalkeeper, retired from professional football career

Lee Grant, Manchester United goalkeeper, has announced his retirement from his professional football career.

The Manchester United goalkeeper, whose contract expires next month, has called time on his playing days at 39 after spending four seasons with the Red Devils.

He previously played for Sheffield, Burnley, Oldham Athletic, Derby County Wednesday, and Stoke and made over 500 matches throughout his career.

The Manchester United goalkeeper star confirmed the news today with a brilliant 332-word statement on United's website despite playing just twice for the MU club.

Manchester United goalkeeper said: "After 511 matches, I've decided it's the excellent time to move into the next career stage.

"There have been so many joy moments mixed in with the odd challenge, but I'm very grateful for every one.

"Fulfilling a schooldays dream of playing for Manchester United Football Club was something I thought was out of reach, 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 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 exceptional players and staff have been valuable.

"I've been incredibly fortunate to play for some fantastic clubs, Derby County, Oldham Athletic, Sheffield Wednesday, Burnley, Stoke City, and finish at Manchester United's pinnacle.

"I'm thankful to every club for what they have given to me, and 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."

Grant made his debut for United in the League Cup against old club Derby in 2018 at Old Trafford.

His second and last outing led to him becoming United's most senior European debutant, at the age of 36 years and 305 days, when he played in the Europa League away to Astana.

"Football has given me so much, but it can also be tough on partners and children. Without them(Football Club), it would never have been possible to achieve what I did."

And Grant is now planning to continue working in the game as a coach as he revealed: "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!"

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