Thursday 21 December 2017

McManus talks team growth

Next year will mark a decade at City for Abbie McManus.

It’s been an incredible journey for the defender, who has witnessed first-hand radical but wonderful changes throughout her time at the Club.

The 24-year-old is now enjoying perhaps her best season to date in terms of gametime and personal form and helped her side to secure a 14th consecutive victory, providing an assist in the 2-0 FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup win over Bristol City.

McManus has seen the standard of football increase during her time in sky blue and believes that is a key part of City's ever-growing fan base.

“The girls take the mick out of me a lot because I’ve been here 10 years,” she told ManCity.com.

“Each year, I’ve watched the team grow. To see where women’s football is going and to see where this club is taking women’s football alone is just staggering.

“I’m really happy and excited that I can still be a part of that.

“I’ve seen the level and standard of football we play grow so much and I think that’s why we’ve got a big fan base.

“We don’t want people to watch and not want to come and see us again – we want to give them exciting football.

“Thanks to (manager) Nick Cushing, our style of play is exciting and when moves come off in a game, it’s great to be a part of.”

On a personal level, McManus is delighted to be playing regularly across all competitions, with the Blues still contesting in the league, both domestic cups and the Champions League.

After recovering from an ankle injury last season, she is making the most of her playing time.

“It’s great to play. I’ve got more minutes this season already compared to last year,” she added.

“I got over my injury last season but I couldn’t get into the team. This season, I’ve been playing right-back and really enjoying it.

“We all had targets at the beginning of the season and coming into the Christmas period now, we have met all of those.

“We just need to keep the momentum going into next year.”

City return to action after a brief winter break on Sunday 7 January at Reading (kick-off 4pm GMT at Adams Park, Wycombe).

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