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27th Jun 2018

Manchester United to sign 35-year-old goalkeeper

Age is just a number

Darragh Murphy

Manchester United’s next signing may not be the one that supporters had been hoping for but it’s one that may well prove necessary.

United are set to sign Stoke City goalkeeper Lee Grant as reserve to both David de Gea and Sergio Romero, according to an unexpected report in the Telegraph.

With the Red Devils hopeful of sending current third-choice stopper Joel Pereira out on loan to gain experience, Jose Mourinho wants an experienced pair of hands to be able to step in if needed.

Grant, 35, only made his Premier League debut in 2016 after he joined Stoke on loan to step in for the injured Jack Butland.

Grant’s contract with the Potters comes to an end this summer, meaning he will join United as a free agent on a deal which is expected to last one year.

The former England Under-21 ‘keeper clearly left a lasting impression on Mourinho when he put forward a man of the match performance at Old Trafford in October 2016, when Stoke drew 1-1 with United.

Grant began his career on the books at Watford but failed to make an appearance for the Hornets. He moved to Derby County as a trainee in 2000 and made his debut for the Rams in 2002.

He has since represented clubs as varied as Burnley, Oldham and Sheffield Wednesday before getting the call to experience life in the Premier League.