After a prolonged period at youth level with Everton, McManaman made the move across the North-West to develop his talents at Latics.
He has risen through the Wigan Athletic Development Squad due to his grit and determination on the pitch and his eye for goal.
The striker made his Latics debut in May 2009, coming on as a second half substitute against Portsmouth in the Barclays Premier League, making him the youngest player to feature for Latics in the Premier League. He has had a handful of other appearances for Latics in the Carling Cup, FA Cup and Premier League.
It was January 2011 that he had his most memorable Latics appearance when he started in the Third Round of the FA Cup against Hull City as he scored in the 3-2 victory and assisted a Mohamed Diame goal.
The 2011-2012 season saw McManaman rise to prominence in the Npower Championship as he was loaned out to Ian Holloway’s Blackpool.
He played 14 times whilst at Bloomfield Road, scoring crucial goals for the Seasiders, against eventual league champions Reading in a 1-0 victory and eventual runners-up Southampton, the second goal in a 2-2 draw.
Upon his return to Latics, McManaman featured twice as a late substitute in games against Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion.
In the 2012/13 season McManaman truly burst onto the first team scene despite what he described as a slow start due to lack of first team opportunities.
After signing a new deal with the club the day before the FA Cup fourth round tie with Macclesfield Town in January 2013, McManaman began his rise to the top.
Continued impressive performances included a Man of the Match performance in the fifth round against Huddersfield Town in which he scored the opening goal.
McManaman scored his second goal of the competition in style as he returned to Goodison Park in the quarter final, doubling Latics lead with an excellent solo effort as Latics progressed to their first ever FA Cup semi-final.
His performance against the Toffees earned him his first Barclays Premier League start in the following game against Newcastle United.
The winger assisted the opening goal of the game, setting up Jean Beausejour for his first goal for the club.
Despite picking up an injury, McManaman only got better as he set the FA Cup semi-final alight scoring the second goal in Latics' 2-0 victory over Millwall.
He scored his first ever Premier League goal against Tottenham Hotspur at the end of April and a week later he doubled that tally with an 80th minute winner in a thrilling 3-2 victory away at West Bromwich Albion.
McManaman's season ended in delight and despair as he claimed the Man of the Match award in the FA Cup final but suffered an ankle injury three days later against Arsenal which ruled him out of the final game of the campaign.
McManaman’s development at Latics was impressive enough to earn him a call up for the England Under 20 squad in the 2011 U20 World Cup.
Alongside Latics team mate Lee Nicholls, he became the first player from the club to represent England in the tournament.
It was a successful tournament for McManaman who featured in all four of the sides games.
His performance in the latter stages of 2012/13 earned him a call-up to Stuart Pearce's Under 21 squad for the 2013 European Under 21 Championships in Israel but the injury at the Emirates ruled him out.