Manchester United’s third-choice goalkeeper Lee Grant has signed a contract extension until the summer of 2021, the club have announced.
The 37-year-old former Burnley keeper has made just two appearances for United since moving from Stoke in 2018.
Grant is currently sidelined with an arm injury but has provided back-up to number one David De Gea and Sergio Romero.
Grant told the club’s website, www.manutd.com: “I love being here and clearly somebody likes me being here also, so it’s good to have it sorted. I’m just looking forward to being part of next year and part of watching the football club grow and move forward.”
Grant arrived at Old Trafford from Stoke for £1.5million in the summer of 2018 and signed a two-year deal.
The former England Under-21 stopper has made one appearance this season – the 2-1 away defeat to Astana in November.
Grant, who only made one sub appearance last term, was expected to leave the club in the summer, but he has agreed another one-year deal.
Meanwhile, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that it could be the end of the road for a number of players this summer.
The Norwegian coach has managed to steady the ship in the last few months at Old Trafford and United sit three points off fourth place and remain FA Cup and Europa League contenders.
They have also chalked up impressive wins at Man City twice and at Chelsea, but a run of five defeats in 10 games in December and January highlighted their issues and they remain a mammoth 37 points behind Liverpool.
Solskjaer and the club are well aware they need to continue rebuilding in the summer with Ed Woodward reaffirming that United will look to add to January recruit Bruno Fernandes.
“We will take the same planned, disciplined, approach this coming summer,” said Woodward during the announcement of United’s Q2 financial results.
And Solskjaer has hinted that his patience is wearing thin with some of his squad
“It is hard to say in percentages, but we are getting there, day by day,” said Solskjaer when talking about United’s progress. “There are still some days here when I am not 100 per cent happy with what has happened, but you understand because we are human beings. They are disappointed, but get on with it.
“I am not going to feel sorry for you (the player), you have to make yourself available for the next game and competitive in situations. That is what I like. I like to see players who say, ‘okay, he has left me out for two or three games without explanation’.
“I don’t have to explain every time. Sometimes I do, yeah, but it is a way for me to say I need more. You can’t just speak to them 100 times and say, ‘now we need a change in you’. You have had opportunities.”