Former Norwich City goalkeeper Joe Lewis has begun training with Manchester United. 

The Broome-born shot-stopper, who came through the Canaries academy, has been training sporadically with the Red Devils in a bid to maintain his fitness following his departure from Aberdeen in the summer. 

Lewis joined United's academy in December to train after a conversation with one of the coaches, according to the Manchester Evening News

The 36-year-old has since been asked to step into Erik ten Hag's coaching sessions to make up the numbers, including in this week's build-up to their Premier League game against Aston Villa on Sunday. 

Lewis has also been involved in sessions after matches alongside goalkeepers not included in matchday squads like Altay Bayindir and Tom Heaton.

Whilst the ex-Norwich keeper hasn't signed a contract with United, he does step up into first-team sessions when an extra goalkeeper is required. His work has predominantly taken place with the academy - with the under-21s beating the Canaries youngsters 4-2 at Old Trafford last month. 

United currently have Bayinder, Heaton and Andre Onana as their first-team goalkeeping options. The likelihood of Lewis signing a deal with the 13-time Premier League champions is said to be remote at this stage. 

Lewis failed to make a senior appearance for Norwich during a 13-year spell in their youth ranks before completing a move to Peterborough United in 2008. 

He went on to sign for Cardiff, where he spent time on loan with Blackpool and Fulham before heading north of the border to join Aberdeen in 2016. 

During a seven-year spell at Pittodrie, Lewis made 272 games for the Dons but departed last summer in pursuit of a new career as a football agent - although he didn't close the door entirely on playing. 

“I have a year left but spoke to the club because I didn’t want to just drag it out for the sake of having another year," Lewis told the Herald last July. 

“I feel it has come to a natural end, I have so many good memories on and off the field. 

“The birth of my second child in Aberdeen hospital. My first one has spent seven out of eight years here. 

Norwich Evening News: Joe Lewis during his time at Norwich City.Joe Lewis during his time at Norwich City. (Image: Nick Butcher/Newsquest)

“I have had a great relationship with the supporters, managers and the owners of the club - people from top to bottom. 

“I’ve not made any firm decisions on what I’ll do next. I will assess my options and see what comes up. 

“I won’t be a stranger to the north-east, that’s for sure, this has been my second home and I will visit frequently."