Manchester United

Lee Grant announces retirement from professional football

Jude Summerfield
Grant was a back-up option at Manchester United
Grant was a back-up option at Manchester United / Phil Noble - Pool/GettyImages
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Manchester United goalkeeper Lee Grant has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 39.

The stopper was largely a Championship mainstay throughout his career, featuring for Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday and Burnley prominently, though he did make 28 Premier League appearances for Stoke during the 2016/17 season.

He joined United in 2018 and made two appearances in the four terms he spent at Old Trafford, with the likes of David de Gea, Sergio Romero and Dean Henderson featuring more often.

He 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, 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.


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“The opportunity to challenge, set standards and ultimately learn from some truly exceptional players and staff has been so valuable.

“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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