Abbie McManus: England defender joins Manchester United Women after Manchester City exit – BBC Sport

Abbie McManus: England defender joins Manchester United Women after Manchester City exit - BBC Sport

Abbie McManus leaves Manchester City for WSL newcomers Manchester United

England defender Abbie McManus has signed a pre-contract agreement with Manchester United Women after leaving rivals Manchester City Women.

The 26-year-old had been with City for 12 years and left having helped them to a domestic cup double this season, including the Womens FA Cup final.

McManus, part of the Lionesses squad for this summers World Cup in France, left City last week after spending more than a decade with the club in two spells either side of a brief stint with Sheffield Ladies.

A childhood United fan, she now joins the Red Devils after they won the Womens Championship this season.

McManus said in a post on social media on Friday: “Over the moon to join Man Utd Women. My childhood dream has come true. Super excited to start my journey with this club! #MUWomen.”

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She has been included in Englands 23-player squad for this summers Womens World Cup, which begins on 7 June.

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She made her senior international debut in Phil Nevilles first game a England boss, the 4-1 SheBelieves Cup win over France in February 2018, and has 12 caps in total.

McManus signed for City in 2009 and was the last remaining player from the clubs pre-professional era (2014). She is the third to have made the switch from blue to red in Manchester.

Holland midfielder Jackie Groenen signed a similar agreement earlier this week with United, who won the Womens Championship in their inaugural season last term.

Read more Two City youth players, the striker Ella Toone and goalkeeper Fran Bentley, dropped into the Championship last year to join United, though both had spent time in the Manchester United Foundation before joining City.

United released four players – Charlie Devlin, Naomi Hartley, Lucy Roberts and Ebony Salmon – on 15 May, after their manager, Casey Stoney, warned they would need to strengthen on the back of securing promotion to the Womens Super League.

The 26-year-old McManus made more than 100 appearances for City and won a Womens Super League title, two FA Cups and two Continental League Cups.

She made her England debut in Phil Nevilles first game in February 2018, filling in for an injured Steph Houghton, and was part of the squad that won the SheBelieves Cup this March. McManus is in Nevilles squad for the World Cup this summer alongside the Manchester United defender Alex Greenwood.

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