Donald Love

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Donald Love
Personal information
Full name Donald Alistair Love[1]
Date of birth (1994-12-02) 2 December 1994 (age 24)
Place of birth Rochdale, England
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Shrewsbury Town
Number 17
Youth career
Northwich Town
2002–2013 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2016 Manchester United 1 (0)
2015Wigan Athletic (loan) 7 (0)
2016–2019 Sunderland 27 (0)
2019– Shrewsbury Town 16 (0)
National team
2010–2011 Scotland U17 3 (0)
2013 Scotland U19 1 (0)
2015–2016 Scotland U21 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:28, 21 September 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:46, 15 February 2016 (UTC)

Donald Alistair Love (born 2 December 1994) is a professional footballer who plays as a defender for League One side Shrewsbury Town. He began his professional career with Manchester United, but made just two senior appearances, and after a loan spell with Wigan Athletic in 2015, he was sold to Sunderland at the end of the 2015–16 season. Three years into a four-year contract, he was released by the club and joined Shrewsbury Town.

Despite being born in England, Love represents Scotland at international level, having played for the under-17, under-19 and under-21 national teams.

Club career[edit]

Manchester United[edit]

Love, who was born in Rochdale, Greater Manchester,[3] joined the Manchester United academy at the age of seven from local team Northwich Town.[4] After rising through the ranks, he first signed a professional contract with Manchester United in 2013.[5]

On 2 October 2015, he was loaned to Wigan Athletic for two months.[5] Love made his professional debut the following day, appearing as a 70th-minute substitute for Will Grigg in a goalless League One draw with Walsall at the DW Stadium.[6] Love totalled eight appearances for the Latics.

After returning from his loan spell, Love made his Manchester United debut in a 2–1 defeat against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on 13 February 2016, coming on as a first-half substitute for the injured Matteo Darmian. Five days later, he made his first start in an injury-stricken United team, a 2–1 loss away to Midtjylland in the first leg of the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League round of 32, and was booked for a challenge on Martin Pušić that caused the Austrian to be substituted.[7]

Sunderland[edit]

On 11 August 2016, Love joined Premier League club Sunderland on a four-year deal. He joined with his Manchester United teammate Paddy McNair, for a combined fee of £5.5 million.[8] He made his debut two days later, playing the full 90 minutes of a 2–1 loss at Manchester City,[9] and scored his first goal for Sunderland in an EFL Cup tie against Carlisle United on 22 August 2017.[10]

In August 2018, Love sustained an injury to his ankle which, after attempting to continue playing for another three matches, kept him out of first-team action for the remainder of the 2018–19 season.[11]

After three years, a year before the end of his contract, Love was released by Sunderland in July 2019.[12]

Shrewsbury Town[edit]

Following his release from Sunderland, on 12 July 2019, Love signed for fellow League One side Shrewsbury Town on a two-year deal.[13]

International career[edit]

Love was born in Rochdale, England but qualifies for the Scotland national team through his Stranraer-born grandmother.[14] He has represented Scotland at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level.[5][15]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 31 May 2019[16]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other[nb 1] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 2015–16 Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1[nb 2] 0 2 0
Wigan Athletic (loan) 2015–16 League One 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
Sunderland 2016–17 Premier League 12 0 2 0 2 0 16 0
2017–18 EFL Championship 11 0 1 0 2 1 14 1
2018–19 League One 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 27 0 3 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 34 1
Sunderland U21s/U23s 2016–17 EFL Trophy 2 1 2 1
2017–18 EFL Trophy 3 1 3 1
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 5 2
Career total 35 0 3 0 5 1 1 0 5 2 49 3

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes appearances in the EFL Trophy
  2. ^ Appearance in the UEFA Europa League

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists". Premier League. 17 December 2015. Archived from the original on 28 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Donald Love Premier League Profile". Premier League. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  3. ^ Marshall, Adam (2 October 2015). "Donald Love loaned to Wigan Athletic". Manchester United. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  4. ^ Walker, Mark (24 March 2016). "Two appearances for Manchester United won't be my last, insists Donald Love". Daily Mail. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "Manchester United youngster Donald Love joins Wigan Athletic on loan". Sky Sports. 2 October 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Wigan Athletic 0–0 Walsall". BBC Sport. 3 October 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Midtjylland 2–1 Manchester United". BBC Sport. 18 February 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Sunderland sign Man Utd duo". safc.com. Sunderland AFC. 11 August 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  9. ^ Osborne, Chris (13 August 2016). "Manchester City 2–1 Sunderland". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Carlisle United 1–2 Sunderland". BBC Sport. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Forgotten man Donald Love opens up on his Sunderland injury hell and comeback". Sunderland Echo. 13 April 2019.
  12. ^ Fraser, Paul (11 July 2019). "Donald Love set to depart Sunderland with 12 months remaining on deal". The Northern Echo. Newsquest Media Group. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Former Manchester United defender Donald Love signs for Shrewsbury Town". Shropshire Star. 12 July 2019.
  14. ^ McGowan, Stephen (17 February 2016). "Donald Love is seeking a breakthrough at Manchester United following his debut... as well as fast-track promotion with Scotland". Daily Mail. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  15. ^ "Donald Love". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Donald Love". Soccerbase. Retrieved 23 August 2017.

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