Lee Grant has lifted the lid on the frustrations of being Manchester United’s third-choice goalkeeper, admitting he often walks into the training ground “like a zombie”.
Grant, 38, joined United from Stoke City in the summer of 2018 but has only made two appearances for the Red Devils.
It’s been 14 months since the Englishman was last handed the gloves for a Europa League clash with minnows Astana in late 2019.
In that time, Grant has warmed the bench while the likes of David de Gea, Sergio Romero and Dean Henderson start in goal.
The shot-stopper – who has made over 500 career appearances – admits he “misses” being rewarded with minutes for his hard work on the training ground.
“It doesn’t matter how long into your career you are, you still find that frustration on a Saturday when you’re not playing,” said Grant.
“I know I’m at Manchester United, you’ve got some of the best goalkeepers in the world in front of you but you still have that personal pride and professionalism. You want to play. In one respect being a No.3 here is ideal.
“Then in another respect, if you speak to my wife, she’ll say, ‘I need to get him playing because he comes home and from one minute to the next, I don’t know what I’m dealing with’.
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“I’m walking in like a zombie moaning that I’m still good enough to play and I’m training my b***s off, working at a hard level.
“I then want that reward at the end, which is the weekend’s game. And that’s the bit you miss.
“Sometimes she’ll say, ‘Just go and play then if it’s doing your head in that much’. And then I’ll go, ‘Well, what’s the big picture again?’.”
Despite his frustrations over his lack of minutes under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Grant says his “ideal scenario” would be to stay at Old Trafford beyond his contract’s expiry this summer.
He added: “I’m looking at what next year looks like for me. An ideal scenario would be that United are loving what they are getting from me and let’s look at another year. But I’ve got a look at it from my own perspective.
“Do I want to spend whatever time is left of my career, doing what I’m doing? Or do I want to go and have one last hurrah somewhere, a little swan song?”
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