Manchester United women’s latest signing Abbie McManus has talked about her happiness on joining the Red Devils ahead of the new season.
Born in Manchester, McManus has been a Manchester United fan since she was a kid but spent 12 years in the blue part of the Manchester before completing the transfer to the Old Trafford.
As per Abbie:
“It’s unbelievable for me and especially for my family, who are all big Manchester United fans.
“I’m really happy to become a Red.”
A defender by trade, McManus is also over the moon on the prospect of working with the Manchester United manager Casey Stoney.
Casey Stones was part of the Three Lionesses world cup backroom staff alongside the manager, Phil Neville. However, Stoney had to leave the setup after two weeks in order to sign for Manchester United and Abbie McManus was heartbroken with the news:
“I’m over the moon [to work with Casey],” Abbie said.
“I was a little bit heartbroken when she left the England set-up because obviously she was a coach there before she became the manager [at United].
“I had her for like two weeks and then she left, and I was thinking ‘oh no, I’ve got Phil [Neville] now’ – just kidding! [laughs]. But yeah, obviously I’m delighted. She’s obviously been a key player in her career and she’s become a manager. I can’t wait to squeeze every little bit out of her to hopefully become the player she was.”
Manchester United women gained promotion in their inaugural campaign and are now set to play Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on 7 September. And Abbie couldn’t be more excited to be playing in the right color:
“I’m over the moon to play in a derby and I’m over the moon about the fact I’m in the right colour, which is red, so bring the derby on!”
“Obviously we [at Manchester City] could have drawn United in the FA Cup [last season] and I was dying to play Man United. Obviously, who doesn’t want to play in a Manchester derby? Especially being from Manchester myself.
“It’s something that I’ve dreamt of as a kid and I’m just so over the moon that I’m now in red and the first derby is going to be in a red shirt.”
The adult ticket for the fixture is priced at just £7 and is available on Man United’s official website.
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