On 26th July, Manchester United announced the signature of Aoife Mannion. The signing of the 25 year old centre back was much speculated on social media, so the announcement did not disappoint on ‘Mannion Monday’. It was particularly pleasing to see her engage with the fan banter on twitter. It was a simple gesture that goes a long way with one of the WSL’s most passionate fanbase.
Her arrival from Manchester City fills the void left by the departures of Abbie McManus and Amy Turner. She is a very talented centre back, who thrived while at Birmingham City under new Manchester United Women’s manager, Marc Skinner. Sadly, her progress came to a sudden halt by an ACL injury which plagued her for the entirety of her time at Manchester City.
Now that she has made an inspirational recovery from that torrid time, the hope is that she can recapture her best form. With that in mind, it will no doubt be of mutual benefit that she is reunited with Skinner, in their quest for success.
As a player, she is very much a defender that is comfortable in possession. From beginning attacks with her passing to carrying forward progression, Mannion is the defender for the task. A true ball playing defender, in every sense of the word.
Further to her familiarity with Marc Skinner’s management, she also has prior experience playing with Sophie Baggaley in goal. This chemistry will help both in their quest to seal a starting berth. It will also help both hit the ground running in the WSL. If all our new signings can stay fit then it seems as if United have done a good job of retooling their defence. A consolidation of their 4th place spot should very much be on the cards.