Manchester United goalkeeper Lee Grant has announced his retirement from football.
After a 23-year career, Grant has decided to call time on his playing career at the age of 39 – a month before his contract expires at United.
The stopper made two appearances for the club – the same number of contracts he signed in his four years at Old Trafford. His debut came in the League Cup against Derby County in 2018, while his second, and last, outing came in the Europa League against Astana.
Grant previously played for Derby County, Burnley, Oldham Atletic, Sheffield Wednesday and Stoke City. He made over 500 appearances throughout his career despite rarely getting a look in at United.
In a 332-word statement on United’s official website, 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 of 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 this 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 has 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.”