The veteran shooter is the third pick in the pecking order at Old Trafford, but believes he is capable of playing again before he retires.
Lee Grant admits to feeling like a ‘zombie’ at times as Manchester United’s third-choice goalkeeper, with the 38-year-old considering a summer move as he works his ‘balls’ to prove he can extend a long game. career.
The veteran scorer has been at Old Trafford since 2018, but has only made two competitive appearances after getting stuck behind David de Gea, Sergio Romero and Dean Henderson.
Having been a regular at Sheffield Wednesday, Burnley and Derby before, Grant is debating whether or not to have one more chance of being the first choice somewhere before the day comes to hang up his gloves.
He said The sun: “No matter how long your career is, you always find that frustration on a Saturday when you’re not playing.
“I know I’m at Manchester United, you have some of the best goalkeepers in the world ahead of you, but you still have that personal pride and professionalism. Do you want to play. In one respect, being # 3 here is ideal.
“Then in another regard, if you talk to my wife, she’ll say, ‘I need to play him because he’s coming home and any minute I don’t know what I’m dealing with ”.
“I walk like a zombie moaning that I’m still good enough to play and train my balls, working at a difficult level. I then want that reward at the end, which is the weekend game. And that’s what you are missing.
“Sometimes she’ll say, ‘Go play, then if that hurts you so much.’ And then I will say, “Well, what’s the big picture again?”. “
He added: “I’m looking at what next year will be like for me. An ideal scenario would be for United to like what they get from me and look at another year. But I have to look at it from my own point of view.
“Do I want to spend the time I have left of my career doing what I’m doing? Or do I wanna go have one last hurray somewhere, a little swan song?
Grant will remain a fallback option as long as he is on United’s books, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer already facing the headache of how to keep De Gea and Henderson happy.
“I think the manager handled this situation wonderfully because, in fact, at the start of the season there were some big question marks as to how it was going to work and the dynamics within the squad. He managed to keep two really good goalies happy, ”Grant said.
“There are a lot of ifs and buts and maybes to happen between now and the end of the season with other goaltenders and their situations. Currently you have David, Deano and myself as three senior goalies. And then we have a young boy, Nathan Bishop, who is a wonderful young talent.
“There is a lot of water to go under the bridge with Sergio Romero and his situation, the young goalkeepers and if they will be loaned out for experience – which might mean that there are still opportunities here. for me, then I don’t. don’t know.
“Part of the reason I came here is that I have a chance and the opportunity to rub shoulders with the best players, the World Cup winners, the Champions League winners, the Premier winners. League, and to be in this elite environment.
“I want to be a coach and I want to manage, you see. So being at Manchester United gives me a wonderful platform to go on and do this stuff.