Mannion delighted with debut win
Aoife Mannion says that the mood in the Manchester United Women’s camp is “buzzing” after the Reds overcame Reading to start the new WSL season with a win.
Mannion, formerly of Manchester City, Birmingham City and Aston Villa, made her competitive debut for United and played the full 90 minutes, helping her new team register a clean sheet and claim the victory.
“We’re absolutely buzzing,” the defender told MUTV.
“If someone would have said before the game that we’d have got two goals and a clean sheet we’d have taken that.
“In the first 10 minutes, it took us a little [while to get into the game], but after that I felt like we dominated.”
Having been able to get to know her new team-mates better during pre-season, our no.5 is enjoying the togetherness of the dressing room and is now eager to kick on after Friday’s result.
“We’re all proud of each other,” she said.
“We start as we mean to go on. We’ve got high hopes for this season and tonight was a statement of intent.”
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Marc Skinner's United overcame Reading to register victory on the opening night of the new WSL season.
With that in mind, and the fact that fans have been missing from the stands over the last year or so due to the pandemic, the centre-back insists it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for both her, and the rest of the Reds.
“It means so much to the girls that the fans are here, the atmosphere is electric.
“I think Leigh [Sports Village] is the best stadium in the league at the moment and I can’t wait to come back.”