Stoke City goalkeeper Lee Grant has officially joined Manchester United.
Lee Grant has claimed this is a lifelong dream of his, and thanked those who are most close to him, especially those who have supported him throughout his footballing career. Grant added that his desire was to improve his game, even at the later stage of his career.
“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”.
The move is said to be at a total of £1.5 million, after the two teams agreed on a deal for the 35-year-old goalkeeper. This confirms the third summer signing United have completed and looks likely the fill in the hole of third choice keeper.
However, the question most football fans are asking is whether the transfer is clever business by Mourinho or whether it is a pointless transfer. Obviously, with David De Gea being first choice, Sergio Romero in second choice (who normally plays most of United’s cup matches to give De Gea a rest) and Joel Pereria being third choice, there is a high chance that Grant would not get a lot of game time.
The only way in which this current situation would change, is if the opportunity arose for Pereria to go out on loan to get more first team experience. This could happen, as he is still quite young and hasn’t had much opportunity to be chosen on a weekly basis.
Grant additionally spoke about using his experience as an asset to bring success for United: “But at the same time, I intend to use my experience to help the team whenever possible.”
After the news broke out that United keeper Sam Johnstone has officially joined West Bromich Albion, it shows that Jose Mourinho had plans for a third choice keeper. Therefore, the prospect of Pereria going somewhere seems very likely as Grant looks to get the nod for third place by the United boss.
Pre-season is only just around the corner for those in the premier league, and therefore Grant will be hoping to kick-start his career as Manchester United by getting some game time in the friendlies. Perhaps, he might even shock a few. Pre-season for Manchester United begins on Monday, and Grant will get the chance to meet his new teammates.