Joe Rothwell

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Joe Rothwell is a midfielder currently playing for Oxford United.

Joe Rothwell
Full Name Joseph Matthew Rothwell
Date of Birth 11 January 1995
Age 29 years
Place of Birth Manchester, England
Position Centre midfield
Nationality English
Current club Oxford United
Previous club/s Manchester United


Youth career

Joe is a central midfielder who had been Manchester United since he was 6. He's a box-to-box central midfielder who seldom wastes a pass and likes to get into the final third. He had a very successful central midfield partnership with team-mate, Ben Pearson, for both club and country. Unfortunately, injury and illness meant he missed a lot of playing time in the Academy.

Joe started the 2013/14 season fully fit and played every minute of the UEFA Youth League campaign. Opportunities in the Under-21 side were limited until 2014 due to the size of Warren Joyce's squad, however once in the team, Joe became an important player and was almost ever-present.

Towards the end of January 2015, Joe joined Blackpool on loan for the remainder of the season but was recalled to United in March after struggling to break into the Blackpool side on a regular basis.

On 18th July 2015, Joe joined Barnsley on a 6-month loan but was recalled in mid-October due to a bout of tonsillitis.

In July 2016 Joe signed a two year contract with Oxford United.


Joe has represented England at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 levels.

Career statistics

Club Season Under-19 Under-21 Total
Starts Subs Goals Assists Starts Subs Goals Assists Starts Subs Goals Assists
Manchester United 2013-14 6 0 1 0 15 2 2 4 21 2 3 4
2014-15 11 4 5 4 11 4 5 4
2015-16 6 3 1 0 6 3 1 0
Career total 6 0 1 0 32 9 8 8 38 9 9 8

Career honours