Abbie McManus of Manchester United Women Manchester City Women vs Manchester United Women, WSL football match, Etihad Stadium, Manchester, UK - 07 Sep 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

Manchester United defender McManus joins Spurs on loan

Tottenham Hotspur have announced the signing of Abbie McManus on loan from Manchester United for the remainder of the season.

The England international centre-back will wear the number 20 shirt during her time with the North Londoners with the club confirming her loan move via their official website this evening.

McManus joined Manchester City in 2009 and was part of the team that won promotion to the National Division in 2011/2012. In 2013 she moved to Sheffield FC, making 13 appearances in the team that won the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division title in 2014. Following this, she re-joined Manchester City who had been successful in their bid to join the FA Women’s Super League 1. During her time with City she won seven major honours including the league title and both domestic cups.

In 2019, McManus left Manchester City and moved across the city to Manchester United. In her first season at The Leigh Sports Village she made 18 appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal. Her opportunities this season have been more limited, making seven appearances in all competitions and falling down the pecking order. McManus joins a Spurs back-line that is made up of a mixture of experience and youth with Shelina Zadorsky, Kerys Harrop, Hannah Godfrey and Anna Filbey being the existing centre-back options.

Despite only featuring for the England youth set up briefly at Under-23 level, McManus’ performances for Manchester City caught the attention of Phil Neville and she won her first senior cap for the Lionesses at the 2018 SheBelieves Cup. The player remained in the England squad in 2019 for the FIFA Women’s World Cup and SheBelieves Cup.

After agreeing to join Spurs on loan McManus told the club’s official media channels “I’m really excited to be joining Tottenham Hotspur, a big club with big ambitions.

“The team is in great form, winning three games on the bounce, and hopefully we can continue to build on those performances in the next few games and get into the top half of the table.

“I worked with Rehanne recently when she was Assistant Coach for England and I’m looking forward to working with her again. I’m excited to be here and can’t wait to get started.”

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