YORK-born midfielder Lucy Staniforth has completed her move to Manchester United Women from Birmingham City, writes Josh Bunting.

The England international was announced as a Red Devil ahead of the new 2020/21 that is planned to start in September.

Staniforth spent the last two seasons at Birmingham City but decided not to take up a new offer last month as her contract expired.

The 27-year-old made 43 appearances for the club in all competitions after joining the Midlands side from Sunderland in 2018.

The midfielder played 10 games for the Blues last term, scoring once and claiming three assists.

Staniforth has made 16 senior appearances for England and was part of the squad for the recent 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2020 SheBelieves Cup.

She made her World Cup debut in England's 3-0 win over Cameroon in Valenciennes last June.

On signing for Manchester United she told the club website: “I’m really happy to have signed with Manchester United; it’s the biggest club in the world and I’m so proud to be part of it.

"I’ve been impressed with the performances from last season and the club’s future ambitions. I wanted to come here to win trophies and make history with this club, and I’m just excited to get started.”

Manager Casey Stoney added: "I’m thrilled to have Lucy join United; she is a fantastic player who will add great depth to the strong midfield department we have built at the club. Lucy has so much experience in the women’s game, having made her senior debut at 16 years old, and I know she can utilise that experience for us both on and off the pitch.

“We’re really looking forward to working with her ahead of the new season.”

Manchester United finished the 2019/20 season fourth in the table before it was curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic.