Ella Toone of Manchester United Chelsea Women v Manchester United Women, WSL football match, Cherry Red Records Stadium, Kingston upon Thames, UK - 17 Nov 2019 Photo: Chloe Knott for The FA

Two-year contract extension awarded to young Manchester United forward

Manchester United youngster Ella Toone has signed a new two-year contract  at the Leigh Sports Village with an option to extend by a further year according to reports on The Red Devils’ official website.

The 20-year-old is one of seven players to return to the senior side, having played for the club in her youth, for their inaugural season back in 2018. The attacking player has since gone on to make 47 appearances for The Red Devils, scoring 22 goals and breaking records along the way.

Toone started her footballing career in her home town of Tyldesley, featuring for local side Astley & Tyldesley before sealing a move to Blackburn Rovers. She later went on to continue her progress with Manchester United’s rivals Manchester City. Toone featured on a handful of occasions at first team level for City and she was rated as one of their most promising upcoming youngsters, however, the club failed to tie her down as she returned to United.

The forward, who can feature in many different attacking roles, also has international honours to her name with England up to Under 21 level. She scored an impressive five goals in 2018 UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship qualifying for The Young Lionesses and there are sure to be many more milestones reached by the player in future years.

The United number seven made her senior debut for the club as a substitute in the opening match of their 2018/2019 FA Women’s Continental League Cup campaign against Liverpool. She scored her first senior goal for United on her league debut in a 12-0 thumping of Aston Villa. The player continued her goalscoring form later in the season by netting five goals in two games in February 2019, being awarded the FA Women’s Championship Player of the Month in the process. Toone also broke teammate Jess Sigsworth’s record this season by scoring the most goals in a single match, hitting the back of the net five times in the 11-1 FA Women’s Continental League Cup defeat of Leicester City at the Leigh Sports Village.

Speaking to United’s official club media channels after signing her new deal, Toone said “I’m thrilled to have signed a new deal. I think of the club as family and I’m so happy to be continuing my development here.

“I want to thank the players and staff for the environment we have created at United; I wouldn’t want to be playing my football anywhere else.

“I’m just looking forward to getting started next season – we’ve been working really hard during these uncertain times and I know we’ll be back stronger.”

The player certainly has a bright future ahead of her both for club and country.

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