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Stoke City head coach Mark Hughes says goalkeeper Lee Grant was the difference between losing and earning one point at Old Trafford.

Hughes heaped praise on the 33-year-old keeper, who joined the Premier League side in the summer as cover for injured England international shot-stopper Jack Butland.

In only his second stat for the Potters, Grant made a host of world class saves to frustrate Jose Mourinho and his side in a 1-1 draw at the Theatre of Dreams.

"Lee was great again today, and when you come to places like Old Trafford you need everybody to play well, not least your goalkeeper," he told the club's official website.

"You need your 'keeper to make match-defining saves and protect your position to help you stay in the game."

After conceding 16 goals in only seven games, the Welshman admits the the defensive vulnerability has been worrying but since dropping veteran Shay Given – Grant's inclusion has made a noticeable difference.

"We have struggled in that regard this season I have to say, but Lee has come in to good effect, he is a good guy and he has a lot of experience – maybe we underestimate how much experience he actually has," Hughes added.

"He is enjoying his time here, getting opportunities that maybe he didn't think he would have and he is taking them chances with both hands."

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