Now Grant has further extended his spell at United, putting pen to paper on a one-year deal that keeps him at Old Trafford until the completion of 2021/22.
“I was always very, very hopeful that I could extend my stay for another year and thankfully the club have allowed me to do that,” says Lee.“I'm really looking forward to the challenge of supporting the team, keeping myself going, as well as motivating others around me for another year.
“I think feeling valued and enjoying your role is huge, no matter what line of work you're in, and I'm obviously fortunate that I've got the opportunity to do that at such a wonderful club. I'm really looking forward to another year with the lads.
“Whoever has the gloves, it's up to the other guys to really push to make sure that, as a team, we're able to get the best possible results. Whether it's David, Dean or myself, we'll all be pushing to play and excited and ready to support the one that is playing.”
GRANT'S CAREER SO FAR
Born in Hemel Hempstead in January 1983, Grant started his career as 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 level, his club career continued with a switch to Sheffield Wednesday in July 2007, after loan spells at Burnley and Oldham Athletic.
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 as cover for the injured Jack Butland, and produced a man-of-the-match performance at Old Trafford in October 2016, as his side held United 1-1.