Graphic announcing Ona Batlle as Manchester United Women's Player of the Year 2020/21

Batlle is United Women’s Player of the Year

Sunday 16 May 2021 11:00

Ona Batlle has been named Manchester United Women’s Player of the Year for 2020/21, following her selection for the award by team-mates and coaching staff.

It’s a fitting reward for the defender’s impressive first season with the club, during which she has made 19 appearances in the WSL and two in the Continental Cup.

Batlle arrived last summer after a two-year spell with Levante and became the first Spaniard to play for our women’s team.

On signing for the Reds, Ona told club media: “I’ve been waiting a long time for this. I am looking forward to getting started with my new team, developing myself as a player and achieving great things with this club.”

Ona Batlle is the first overseas winner of our Women's Player of the Year award.
An attacking full-back, Batlle helped Stoney’s side to notch some notable results against the WSL’s three most successful sides, including a 1-1 draw with eventual champions Chelsea on her debut, back-to-back draws with Manchester City in November and, in that same month, a 1-0 win over Arsenal.

After that victory, the Spain international declared herself “proud of the character and ambition of my team and this great club. It is my desire to continue working with them.”
Batlle is the third recipient of our Women’s Player of the Year award. Club captain Katie Zelem was the inaugural winner in 2018/19, after skippering the side to the Championship title and promotion to the top flight. Wales midfielder Hayley Ladd was honoured last season, at the end of the Reds’ first-ever campaign in the WSL.

Congratulations on your award, Ona, from everyone at Manchester United.