Irish Footballers that Played for Manchester United - Anto Whelan
Anthony Whelan - Introduction
Anto Whelan was born in Dublin on 23 November 1959. He was playing in the League of Ireland with Bohemians when Dave Sexton moved to sign him for Manchester United in August 1980. United paid Bohs £30,000 for Whelan.
Anto Whelan & Manchester United
Anthony Whelan made his Manchester United debut on 29 November 1980 against Southampton at Old Trafford. He came on as a substitute in place of Kevin Moran. Whelan was joined in the match squad that day by other fellow-Irishmen Sammy McIlroy and Ashley Grimes. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. This was Anto Whelan's first and last game for Manchester United. The squad was well covered in central defence and when new manager Ron Atkinson signed Paul McGrath from St Patricks Athletic Whelan's opportunities diminished even further. Whelan remained with the reserves until the end of the 1981/82 season and in June 1983 he returned to League of Ireland football with Shamrock Rovers. Anto Whelan went on to play for Cork City, Bray Wanderers, and Shelbourne during his second spell in Irish football. He won the League in 1992 and the FAI Cup in 1973 with Shels.
Anto Whelan - Republic of Ireland Career
Anthony Whelan never had the opportunity to play at senior level for the Republic of Ireland.
Anthony Whelan - Manchester United & Ireland Statistics