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Lee Grant became Jose Mourinho's third signing of the 2018 summer transfer window when he arrived from Stoke City.

The goalkeeper made his dream move to Old Trafford having garnered a wealth of experience at several clubs throughout his career, mainly in the Football League. “Moving to Manchester United has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember,” he told ManUtd.com upon his arrival. “This was an opportunity that I couldn’t let pass and I’m thrilled to become a part of such a historic club. “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. But at the same time, I intend to use my experience to help the team whenever possible.” Born in Hemel Hempstead in January 1983, Lee was a youth-team goalkeeper at nearby Watford before joining Derby County, with whom he made his senior debut in the 2002/03 season. Capped by England in various age groups up to Under-21, his club career continued, after loan spells at Burnley and Oldham Athletic, with a switch to Sheffield Wednesday in July 2007. Other permanent moves, to Burnley in 2010 and then back to Derby County in 2013, preceded his spell in the Premier League with Stoke City. He initially joined the Potters on loan in August 2016, as cover for the injured Jack Butland, and produced a man-of-the-match performance at Old Trafford two months later, as his side held United to a 1-1 draw. In the next meeting between the teams, Grant prevented the Reds from scoring until the 93rd minute, when Wayne Rooney made club history by scoring his record 250th goal. In January 2017, the stopper made his move to Stoke permanent and racked up 30 appearances in total in 2016/17, keeping nine clean sheets. His performances helped the Potters finish 13th in the top flight and earned him the Players’ Player of the Year award. However, he largely acted as back-up to first-choice Butland during 2017/18, appearing just five times, as Stoke were relegated to the Championship, following 10 years in the Premier League. After joining the Reds on 3 July 2018, he is expected to provide experienced cover for David De Gea and Sergio Romero throughout the 2018/19 campaign.

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Moving to Manchester United has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember.

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"It was one of the main driving factors behind me coming to the football club. I was really eager to work with not only David, but Sergio as well. Two excellent goalkeepers in their own right. It’s a really good boost to have David back."

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"[Andreas] has got great quality, we all know that. He’s shown that throughout pre-season. He has that quality in his locker, with fantastic technical ability, and hopefully we can see a bit more of it."

Angel Gomes
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"It’s a great experience for the younger guys. Going into a fixture like this you want to win the game but that wasn’t the case, but we can take positives."

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"It’s a pre-season fixture first and foremost and we had to make sure we got some fitness out of the game and that we come away with no injuries. So there are some things we can take away from the game."

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"It’s enjoyable every time I pull the shirt on. It was fantastic to be out there, it was a wonderful crow and I’m sure the younger players will have learnt a lot."

Lee Grant says

"I grabbed some lunch with Fletch before I joined up with the boys and he gave me a little rundown on the club, who to avoid speaking to and who to cosy up to!"

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