Goalkeeper who is closing in on a Manchester United move has previously earned praise from Mourinho

Manchester United are close to signing Stoke goalkeeper Lee Grant, according to Manchester Evening News.

The experienced shot-stopper has made over 500 professional appearances for the likes of Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday, Burnley and Stoke.

Manchester Evening News revealed a small story about Grant’s heroics against United while his son, True, was present at Old Trafford. In 2016, United hosted Stoke City where Grant put in a superlative performance between the sticks to help the Potters earn their first point at the Theatre of Dreams since 1980.

Grant had made his Premier League debut only eight days before the United game. And in his second league outing, the veteran shot-stopper made a series of world-class saves that left his son True in awe. Such was Grant’s performance at Old Trafford two years ago that even United manager Jose Mourinho couldn’t stop himself from paying a tribute.

“In the first minute their keeper made an unbelievable save and he kept doing that until the end of the game,” Mourinho said.

Now as things stand, Mourinho is set to complete a deal for Grant to provide cover for David De Gea and Sergio Romero. Grant, who has not played since November, will become United’s third signing of the summer following the acquisitions of Diogo Dalot and Fred. It is believed that his arrival will allow Mourinho to send Joel Pereira out on loan to gain experience.

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I feel Mourinho is doing the right thing by signing the experienced Grant as a back-up to De Gea and Romero. The veteran shot-stopper has aged like fine wine and he would be a useful addition to our club.