Birmingham City defender, Aofie Mannion has joined Manchester City Women on a 2-year deal. Today the Football Manc Cave looks at what she will bring to Nick Cushings’ side.
The 23-year-old is one of the most highly regarded young defenders. After 6 years at Birmingham, she has now joined Man City and will take the number 2 shirt.
A lot of the Man City women are just arriving back from France where they had semifinal heartache once again. Those girls will have to pick themselves up and get stuck in ahead of their opening fixture with Manchester United, which I am very excited to announce will be played at the Etihad Stadium.
Now what can Mannion bring to the strong Manchester side?
In her first interview as she signed for the club, she has talked about how she is excited to learn from Steph Houghton and Demi Stokes. This shows that she aspires to be in the same league as the Lionesses.
The defender has been a part of the England youth teams since she was under 15. So she will be hoping to also prove to Phil Neville that she’s worth it. In 2015, she was nominated for PFA player of the year and failed to win the award. However, she has been named in the Team Of The Year in the 2017/18 season and again in 2018/19. I think that proves her aspiration to grow as a player already so she can only get better.
Man City women finished 2nd last year in the Women’s Super League and this means they will be playing in the Champions League. I presume that as well as the Women’s Super League, the team will want to do well in the competition as a lot of the girls will want to prove themselves after the World Cup.
Mannion spoke about this in her interview and stated how she had played in the Champions League once before with Birmingham City, but wanted another opportunity and now she’s got it. I hope she proves to be a crucial part of the team.
She will now be playing with some of the biggest names in women’s football, Steph Houghton, Demi Stokes, Karen Bardsley, Ellen White and Jill Scott. My guess is that she will be inspired by them and follow in their footsteps. She’ll be one to watch next season.