Man Utd confirm signing of Canadian international defender

Manchester United have confirmed their first signing of the January transfer window.

The Red Devils have announced the signing of 21-year-old Canadian defender Jayde Riviere on a contract running until the end of the 2024/25 season.

A full international since the age of just 16, Riviere has been linked with United since the beginning of the window and has featured in Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games where she won a Gold medal.

On the signing, the defender said: “I am a huge Manchester United fan, so this is a dream come true for me to sign here. I’m really looking forward to developing and learning at this huge football club, and I can’t wait to use all my playing attributes to help us achieve our joint goals on the pitch.”

Head coach Marc Skinner was equally as delighted to confirm the signing, adding: “Jayde is an exciting young player who matches the long-term version of Manchester United, and our continued belief in nurturing the best young talent in the game. We have been monitoring Jayde for a long time and believe she has the attributes to become an excellent footballer. We are delighted she has signed her first professional contract with us and look forward to seeing the quality she will add to the group.”

Head of Women’s Football at Manchester United Polly Bancroft said: “Jayde joins us as a full international, hungry for club football at the highest level. Her drive aligns with the ambitions of this football club, and we are excited to see her develop further here at Manchester United.”