There are often players who command respect because of their professionalism in the game. Manchester United’ Lee Grant is one such player. The goalkeeper has been in and around the English first tier with different clubs.
The player had a very good spell with Stoke City and earned his respect on the field. With Manchester United, Grant was never the first or second option. But he still played very well whenever he was called upon.
Players who’ve given their all to the game are so much more than just players. All their time and experience is something that they pass on to the next generation. In Lee Grant, United had a third-choice keeper, goalkeeping coach, and mentor for the younger lads.
At 38 Grant has seen almost everything the game has to offer. Although not glorious but it was an industrious career for the English international. Since the emergence of Dean Henderson it was a matter of time that Grant’s stint with United came to an end.
He hasn’t played in very long for the club but these are the kind of decisions that are hard to make for managers. However, this one has gone against the veteran goalkeeper. According to reports from the Daily Mail, United are not agreeing to a contract extension.
The decision was an upsetting one for Grant as all signs were hinting towards a renewal. It is quite shocking because it wouldn’t have been a major contract in the grand scheme of things. One big reason could have been Ole having two really good goalkeepers at his disposal.
Solskjaer is managing United’ goalkeeper situation brilliantly:
At the start of the season, many people were expecting Dean Henderson to be loaned out if he doesn’t get enough game time with United. Lee Grant could have come in as the 2nd choice but that didn’t quite happen.
Till the halfway point Henderson had a limited number of appearances for United. But after’s De Gea’s personal leave dynamics have changed. De Gea is now featuring in the Europa League games and Henderson in the Premier League.
Earlier Henderson was in charge of European duties. This was a very subtle move from Ole’s side. Mourinho faced a similar scenario like this. Romero played in all games in the Europa league but he swapped De Gea in for the final.
Ole too understands that the Spaniard is the best option as of now. But how he has been different is in his allocation of games is unique. While allowing Henderson to play in the Premier League he is giving him more game time.
On the other hand, the more experienced De Gea is now being reserved for United’s title ambitions in the Europa League. A pretty good turnaround from the Norwegian manager. But unfortunately for Lee Grant, he does not feature much in Ole Gunner’s plans.
He will leave the club as a free agent and will have to look for employment opportunities with another club. The player would want one last stint where he gets to make some heroic saves, so marking the end of the “Lee Grant” era.