A SADDLEWORTH School pupil is captaining Manchester United Under-12 Girls to success in a boys’ league.Chloe McHugh, 12, from Mossley has helped the Reds to top spot in division two of the Timperley and District Junior Football League.
Manchester United Foundation RTC U12 Girls, to give them their full name, have won five of their first six games to top the table.
“Teams get a shock when the girls turn up, but they are doing really well and are top of their league,” explained Chloe’s mother Rebecca.
The girls also play games against other academy girls’ teams, the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers.
Chloe, whose goal is not only to play for Manchester United in the Women’s Super League but also for England, has been at United since the age of seven.
Initially the former Greenfield Primary pupil began training with the Reds while also playing for Curzon Ashton.
Since the age of eight, however, Chloe has been signed as a member of the girls’ development group.
She was a midfield player when at Curzon Ashton but has since switched to become a right back with the Reds.
But she began playing aged three when attending Castle Top Nursery, Mossley.
Rick Cartner, from FootyTotz, was carrying out a session at the nursery and Chloe wanted to join in. And she did so well that she was invited to join their elite group.
Chloe, who also captained United U11 girls, is described as “very driven and very competitive”, trains two nights each week with United in Eccles and then has a match on Sunday morning.
She has always been a United fan and the U12 players receive a free season ticket to watch Manchester United Women at Leigh Sports Village, where they play home games, and speak to the senior players.