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Abbie Mary McManus (born 14 January 1993) is an English footballer who plays as a defender for FA WSL club Manchester United and the England national team. She has also represented England on the under-23 national team.

Abbie McManus
Abbie McManus (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Abbie Mary McManus[1]
Date of birth (1993-01-14) 14 January 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth Prestwich, England[2]
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.72 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Manchester United
Number 5
Youth career
Bury Girls
Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 Manchester City 67 (6)
2013–2014 Sheffield FC 13 (1)
2014–2019 Manchester City 60 (2)
2019– Manchester United 4 (0)
National team
2016 England U23 6 (0)
2018– England 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 October 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 August 2019

Club careerEdit

Early career and Manchester CityEdit

Prestwich-born McManus began playing football with her brother Scott. She joined a boy's team, then Bury Girls, where she was named Under-16s Most Improved Player in 2008.[3] She signed for FA Women's Premier League Northern Division club Manchester City and established herself in the team which won the League and promotion to the National Division in 2011–12.

Sheffield FCEdit

In August 2013, she transferred to Sheffield Ladies.[4]

Return to Manchester CityEdit

When Sheikh Mansour-backed Manchester City successfully bid for an FA WSL franchise in 2014, McManus returned to the club. She made her top division debut for Manchester City in May 2014 against Everton at the Etihad Stadium.[5] She scored her first goal for the club against Liverpool during the 2014 WSL Cup.[6] The team went on to win the WSL Cup after defeating Arsenal 1–0 in the final.[7]

In April 2015, she competed in the 2015–16 FA Women's Cup.[8] Manchester City were eliminated by Chelsea in the semi-finals.[9]

In August 2016, she suffered an ankle injury that prevented her from playing in the remaining part of the 2016 FA WSL season.[10] In December 2016, she re-signed with Manchester City.[11] In 2017, she made her UEFA Women's Champions League debut in Manchester City's 1–0 win over Fortuna Hjørring.[12][13] She agreed to extend her Manchester City contract in June 2018.[14]

Manchester UnitedEdit

On 17 May 2019, McManus announced she was leaving Manchester City, having spent a total of 12 years at the club.[15] A week later, it was announced she was to join Manchester United, the club she grew up supporting, ahead of the 2019–20 season.[16][17] McManus made her debut for Manchester United against Manchester City in the FA WSL on 7 September 2019, a 1–0 loss in the inaugural Manchester derby.[18]

International careerEdit

In February 2018, McManus was in an Asda supermarket buying some eggs when she received a telephone call informing her of her first call-up to the senior England team.[19] She was a late replacement for Steph Houghton, who withdrew from the squad for the 2018 SheBelieves Cup with an injured ankle.[20]

 
McManus playing for England in June 2019

At the opening match of the tournament, a 4–1 win over France, McManus won her first cap as a 14th-minute substitute for Anita Asante.[21] She retained her place in the squad for England's successful 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification campaign and hailed the influence of new national team coach Phil Neville: "I didn't seem to be ticking the boxes when Mark Sampson and Mo Marley were in charge but that seems to have changed since Phil has been involved. I'm really enjoying things under Phil because he's very tactical and that's what we like at City, too. I'm delighted to be picked for the seniors and I hope I can continue to be picked. I want to improve under Phil and learn from him."[22]

McManus was selected in England's 23-player squad for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France.[23]

Personal lifeEdit

Abbie's brother Scott McManus is also a footballer, who last played for non-league side Coalville Town.[24]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 3 November 2019.[25]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe[c] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester City 2009–10[26] WPL Northern 12 0 0 0 1 0 13 0
2010–11[27] 20 2 0 0 0 0 20 2
2011–12[28] 18 2 0 0 1 0 19 2
2012–13[29] WPL National 17 2 0 0 3 0 20 2
Total 67 6 0 0 5 0 72 6
Sheffield FC 2013–14[30] WPL Northern 13 1 0 0 3 0 16 1
Manchester City 2014 WSL 1 12 0 0 0 6 1 18 1
2015 7 0 0 0 5 0 12 0
2016 9 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2017 3 0 0 0 4 0 7 0
2017–18 16 2 1 0 7 0 8 0 32 2
2018–19 WSL 13 0 1 0 5 0 2 0 21 0
Total 60 2 5 0 23 1 14 0 102 3
Manchester United 2019–20 WSL 4 0 0 0 2 0 6 0
Career total 146 9 5 0 33 1 14 0 198 10

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™ List of Players – England" (PDF). FIFA. 27 May 2019. p. 8. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Women's World Cup 2019: Mapping England's Lionesses squad". BBC Sport. 2 July 2019. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Presentation Evening 2008". Bury Girls F.C. Archived from the original on 8 September 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Abbie McManus". Sheffield F.C. Ladies. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Abbie McManus". Manchester City. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  6. ^ Carroll, Heather (1 June 2014). "Liverpool Ladies May Round-Up – Highs and lows so far". This is Anfield. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Man City Edge Conti Cup Encounter with Reds". England Football Association. 30 August 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  8. ^ Lynch, David (13 April 2015). "Man City Women draw Chelsea in FA Cup semi-finals". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  9. ^ Garry, Tom (4 May 2015). "FA Women's Cup: Chelsea Ladies 1–0 Manchester City Women". BBC. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Abbie McManus: Manchester City defender ruled out for season". BBC. 2 August 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Man City Women duo sign new deals with the club". Manchester Evening News. 7 December 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Fortuna Hjørring 0–1 Manchester City". soccerway.com. Soccerway. 23 March 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  13. ^ Garry, Tom (30 March 2017). "Man City bid for Champions League semi spot". BBC. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  14. ^ "Abbie McManus: England defender signs new Manchester City contract". BBC Sport. 22 June 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  15. ^ Oatway, Caroline (17 May 2019). "Abbie McManus leaves City". www.mancity.com. Manchester City.
  16. ^ "Abbie McManus: England defender joins Manchester United Women after Manchester City exit". BBC. 24 May 2019.
  17. ^ "Abbie McManus agrees to sign for Manchester United Women". www.manutd.com.
  18. ^ Sanders, Emma (7 September 2019). "Manchester City Women 1–0 Manchester United Women: Weir seals win in front of record WSL crowd". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  19. ^ "Egg-cellent Abbie". The Football Association. 2 March 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  20. ^ "England Women: Trio called up by boss Phil Neville after injury withdrawals". BBC Sport. 24 February 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  21. ^ Edwards, John (2 March 2018). "McManus: England debut means everything". Manchester City F.C. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  22. ^ Lavery, Glenn (5 June 2018). "Defender Abbie McManus eyes regular spot in England squad". The Football Association. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  23. ^ McManus, Abbie (7 June 2019). "Abbie McManus honoured to be a member of England's defensive unit in France". The Football Association. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  24. ^ "Ravens Swoop For Halifax Defender – News – Coalville Town Football Club". www.pitchero.com.
  25. ^ "Abbie McManus player profile". Soccerway. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  26. ^ "Manchester City – Player Season Totals 2009–10". thefa.com. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  27. ^ "Manchester City – Player Season Totals 2010–11". thefa.com. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  28. ^ "Manchester City – Player Season Totals 2011–12". thefa.com. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  29. ^ "Manchester City – Player Season Totals 2012–13". thefa.com. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  30. ^ "Sheffield FC – Player Season Totals 2013–14". thefa.com. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  31. ^ "A. McManus – Honours". Soccerway. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  32. ^ "Man City Women are champions!". Manchester City W.F.C.
  33. ^ Phillips, Owen (13 May 2017). "Women's FA Cup final: Birmingham City 1–4 Manchester City". bbc.co.uk. BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  34. ^ Garry, Tom (16 October 2014). "Women's FA Cup final 2018–19: Manchester City Women 3–0 West Ham United Women". bbc.co.uk. BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  35. ^ "Women's Continental League Cup final: Arsenal 0–0 Manchester City (2–4 pens)". thefa.com. 16 October 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  36. ^ Garry, Tom (2 October 2016). "Women's Continental Cup final: Manchester City 1–0 Birmingham City (aet)". bbc.co.uk. BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  37. ^ Garry, Tom (23 February 2019). "Women's Continental League Cup final: Arsenal 0–0 Manchester City (2–4 pens)". bbc.co.uk. BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  38. ^ "England record statement win over Japan to clinch prestigious SheBelieves Cup". The FA. 5 March 2019.

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