Katie Zelem is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for FA WSL club Manchester United, which she also captains. Zelem started playing football when she was six. Her father, former Macclesfield goalkeeper Alan Zelem, had a big role in her early career, as well as uncle Peter Zelem who played in defence for several professional teams, such as Wolverhampton Wanderers, Preston North End and Burnley. At the age of eight, she joined Manchester United Girls' Centre of Excellence, before moving to notorious rivals Liverpool almost 10 years later. Here, Katie made 38 caps and scored 10 goals in 4 seasons, before she decided upon a move to Turin, Italy to play for Italian giants Juventus. This was Juventus’ first season in the women’s ranks, which saw them win the Serie A title following tying on 60 points with Brescia, before winning a single-legged play off match in which they won 5-4 on penalties, following a goalless 120 minutes.
Following this successful stint abroad, Katie returned to England, signing with Manchester United in their inaugural season in the FA Women's Championship for the 2018–19 season. United ended the season in first place, clinching promotion to the Women’s Super League, and was awarded Manchester United’s Player of the Season – being the first player to ever win the award.
On the International scene, Katie has represented England from under-15 to under-23 level, playing in 54 games scoring 14 goals. A record like this just shows the potential and capability Katie has, which sees her hoping to break into the senior squad when the football resumes and the 20/21 season gets underway.