|Full name||Donald Alistair Love|
|Date of birth||2 December 1994|
|Place of birth||Rochdale, England|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2015||→ Wigan Athletic (loan)||7||(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.
Love, who was born in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, joined the Manchester United academy at the age of seven from local team Northwich Town. After rising through the ranks, he first signed a professional contract with Manchester United in 2013.
On 2 October 2015, he was loaned to Wigan Athletic for two months. 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. 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.
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. He made his debut two days later, playing the full 90 minutes of a 2–1 loss at Manchester City, and scored his first goal for Sunderland in an EFL Cup tie against Carlisle United on 22 August 2017.
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.
After three years, a year before the end of his contract, Love was released by Sunderland in July 2019.
Love was born in Rochdale, England but qualifies for the Scotland national team through his Stranraer-born grandmother. He has represented Scotland at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level.
- As of 31 May 2019
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other[nb 1]||Total|
|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 U21s/U23s||2016–17 EFL Trophy||—||—||—||—||2||1||2||1|
|2017–18 EFL Trophy||—||—||—||—||3||1||3||1|
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