Underdog status suits Abbie McManus fine at Manchester United

Defender made switch last summer from Manchester City and thinks United can win silverware this season

The reaction to Emma Mitchell’s loan move from Arsenal to Tottenham for the remainder of the season hinted at a hardening in women’s football of the club rivalries prevalent in the men’s game. Professionalism and a bigger profile have marked the start of the shift but movement between traditional rivals has been commonplace.

One player to have made such a transfer, with much less fanfare last summer, is Abbie McManus, who left Manchester City and joined Casey Stoney’s Manchester United as they got set for their first season in the Women’s Super League.

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