Manchester United have signed Aoife Mannion on a free transfer until June 2023 from cross-city rivals, Manchester City.
Mannion joins Utd on a two-year contract until end of 2022-23 season after being released by Man City last month at the end of her contract, having scored just once in 11 appearances across all competitions and missed majority of 2019-20 season with a Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury.
Speaking on her decision to switch to Utd after departing their local rivals – City, Mannion said: ” It’s a new chapter for me in my career and I’m just looking forward to working as hard as I can for this club.”
Mannion who has also previously played for Birmingham City also revealed that she is targeting “a big ambition” of qualifying for Europe with the Red Devils, which she believes would be “amazing” yet marks the “next step” for the club.
Mannion also spoke about her excitement at having fans back in the Leigh Sport Village stadium next season, commenting: “I’ve also heard lots about the fans and how passionate they are, and I can’t wait to hear them all in the stadium next season.”
Utd’s Football Director, John Murtough added that Mannion will offer “great options” in defence given her ability as “a high-quality and versatile defender”, in line with the club’s plans “to strengthen the squad this summer.”
On what fans can expect from Mannion this season, Murtough said: “She brings key Champions League experience to this group, having been involved in the competition with both Birmingham and Manchester City over the years.
“Aoife is also a great character to add to this group of players and we know she can have a real impact here. We’re looking forward to her getting started with the team.”
Mannion also boasts international experience having graduated through England’s youth ranks and received her first senior call-up under Utd legend, Phil Neville in August 2019 for friendlies against Belgium and Norway.
Mannion could make her Utd debut at home against Reading on weekend of 3-5 September 2021 in the opening weekend of the 2021-22 Women’s Super League season.