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Manchester United Women
The words "Manchester" and "United" surround a pennant featuring a ship in full sail and a devil holding a trident.
Full nameManchester United Women Football Club
Nickname(s)The Red Devils
Founded28 May 2018; 3 years ago (2018-05-28)
GroundLeigh Sports Village
Capacity12,000
OwnerManchester United plc
Co-chairmenJoel and Avram Glazer
Head coachMarc Skinner
LeagueFA WSL
2020–21FA WSL, 4th of 12
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Manchester United Women Football Club is a professional football club based in the Salford suburb of Broughton, Greater Manchester, England, around 1.5 miles from Manchester city centre, that competes in the Women's Super League (WSL), the top tier of English women's football, after gaining promotion from the Championship at the end of the 2018–19 season. They are based at Leigh Sports Village, although the team is expected to move to The Cliff once redevelopment work is completed.[1]

History[edit]

1970s–2001: Unofficial team[edit]

A team called Manchester United Supporters Club Ladies began operations in the late 1970s and was unofficially recognised as the club's senior women's team. They became founding members of the North West Women's Regional Football League in 1989.[2] The team became increasingly competitive throughout the 90s at various levels of the FA Women's National League up until 2001.[3]

2001–2005: Partnership and disbandment[edit]

It's very disappointing. The progress of women's football can be really helped by professional clubs taking women's teams under their umbrella and it's a blow to the game that a great club like Manchester United will no longer be doing this.

—Ray Kiddell, FA vice-chairman, 2005[4]

In 2001, the team formed an official partnership with Manchester United. However, the club began to stagnate with a string of successive mid-table finishes in the third division.[2] The team were disbanded four years later, in 2005, shortly after Malcolm Glazer's completed takeover with the new regime deeming the women's team to not be part of the "core business" and unprofitable.[5] A media spokesman for Manchester United also claimed the club wanted to focus on its women's academy instead of its senior team.[4]

2018–present: Current team[edit]

Manchester United celebrate winning the Championship title in their inaugural season.

In March 2018, Manchester United announced their intentions to reintroduce a women's football team.[6] Manchester United Women Football Club were founded on 28 May 2018, following the club's successful application to join the newly-formed 2018–19 FA Women's Championship.[7][1] It marked the club's return to women's football after a thirteen-year absence; though the club's academy continued via the Manchester United Foundation, with the likes of Izzy Christiansen and Katie Zelem being produced by United's Centre of Excellence academy.[8][9] Casey Stoney was appointed as the club's first head coach on 8 June,[10] with their inaugural 21-player squad announced just over a month later.

The team's first game back was on 19 August 2018, where they won 1–0 in an away game against Liverpool in the FA Women's League Cup, with Lizzie Arnot scoring their first competitive goal in thirteen years.[11] Three weeks later, their opening Championship encounter ended in a 12–0 victory away to Aston Villa.[12] On 17 April 2019, United secured promotion to the FA Women's Super League following a 5–0 win against the same opposition.[13] They clinched the FA Women's Championship title three days later following a 7–0 win at home to Crystal Palace.[14] In May 2019, Manchester United were named FA Women's Championship Club of the Year at the 2019 FA Women’s Football Awards.[15]

The 2019–20 season was the team's maiden FA WSL campaign. The season opener was a Manchester derby, held at the City of Manchester stadium. Manchester City won the match 1–0 in front of a then league record attendance of 31,213.[16][17] United's first top-flight campaign was ended prematurely after the season was curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic with the team awarded fourth place on a points per game basis.[18] The last game was a 3–2 victory over Everton on 23 February 2020, with Leah Galton scoring twice and Ella Toone scoring once for Manchester United in the first game played at Everton's new Walton Hall Park stadium.[19] In the FA Cup, Manchester United lost 3–2 to Manchester City in the fourth round, the first time they had lost in the first knockout round of a competition.[20] However, they repeated their best League Cup finish by reaching the semi-finals for the second consecutive year, losing 1–0 to eventual cup winners Chelsea.[21]

Manchester United Women played their first game at Old Trafford, against West Ham United, during the men's March 2021 international break.[22] Manchester United won the game 2–0.[23]

On 12 May 2021, Manchester United announced that Casey Stoney would stand down from her role as Head Coach at the end of the season. [24] On 29 July 2021, Marc Skinner was announced as the new head coach on a two-year contract, with the option for a further year. [25]

Ground[edit]

The Leigh Sports Village has been the venue for the majority of the club's home games

Following the club's acceptance into the 2018–19 FA Women's Championship, it was revealed that the women's team would be based in Broughton, Salford at The Cliff training ground; subject to completion of redevelopment work.[1] In the meantime United play their fixtures at Leigh Sports Village.[26] Moss Lane serves as a backup venue for when Leigh Sports Village is unavailable.[27] Ewen Fields has also been used as a contingency plan, hosting United’s FA Cup fifth round match against London Bees in February 2019.[28] In March 2021 it was announced that the women's team would play their first ever game at Old Trafford later that month.[29]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Manchester United in February 2019 before a match against Arsenal
As of 28 August 2021[30]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF England ENG Martha Harris
3 DF Norway NOR Maria Thorisdottir
5 DF England ENG Aoife Mannion
6 DF England ENG Hannah Blundell
7 FW England ENG Ella Toone
8 MF Norway NOR Vilde Bøe Risa
9 FW Scotland SCO Martha Thomas
10 MF England ENG Katie Zelem (captain)
11 FW England ENG Leah Galton
12 MF Wales WAL Hayley Ladd
13 FW Brazil BRA Ivana Fuso
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 MF Netherlands NED Jackie Groenen
17 DF Spain ESP Ona Batlle
18 FW Scotland SCO Kirsty Hanson
20 DF Scotland SCO Kirsty Smith
21 DF England ENG Millie Turner
23 FW England ENG Alessia Russo
24 FW Wales WAL Carrie Jones
27 GK England ENG Mary Earps
32 GK England ENG Sophie Baggaley
37 MF England ENG Lucy Staniforth

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK England ENG Emily Ramsey (at Birmingham City until 30 June 2022)[31]
22 GK England ENG Fran Bentley (at Bristol City until 30 June 2022)[32]
25 DF England ENG Tara Bourne (at Sheffield United until 30 June 2022)[33]

Reserves and academy[edit]

Despite not having a senior women's team for many years, Manchester United have continued to run a girls academy up to under 16's level in accordance with FA regulations.[34] The club's partner charity, The Manchester United Foundation, also works in coaching girls at all ages across the Greater Manchester region.[2] Ahead of the 2019–20 season, Manchester United entered a full-time U21 team into the FA WSL Academy League for the first time, managed by Charlotte Healy.[35][36] The club's development team had contested the WSL Academy Cup final against Arsenal the previous season.[37]

Under-21 Development Squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
26 MF England ENG Rebecca May
28 MF England ENG Annie Hutchings
31 FW England ENG Maria Edwards
33 DF England ENG Poppy Lawson
36 FW England ENG Jessica Simpson
38 FW Norway NOR Karna Solskjær
39 FW England ENG Holly Davenport
40 DF England ENG Niamh Murphy
No. Pos. Nation Player
42 DF Wales WAL Izzy Reidford
44 GK England ENG Sophie Hillyerd
45 MF England ENG Ella Kinzett
46 FW England ENG Alyssa Aherne
47 MF England ENG Polly Watson
DF England ENG Sasha McTiffin
DF England ENG Emma Taylor
MF England ENG Emily Brough

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
30 MF Wales WAL Chloe Williams (dual registration with Blackburn Rovers)[38]
GK Wales WAL Safia Middleton-Patel (dual registration with Blackburn Rovers)[38]

Academy graduates[edit]

The following is a list of academy players who have made senior team appearances. Bold indicates the player is still at the club.

Coaching staff[edit]

First-team[edit]

As of 29 July 2021.
Position Staff
Manager England Marc Skinner
Assistant manager England Martin Ho[39]
Goalkeeping coach England Ian Willcock[40]
Performance coach England Elle Turner
Strength & Conditioning Coach England Tommy Munday

Academy[edit]

Position Staff
Under-21s manager England Charlotte Healy[35]

Managerial statistics[edit]

Information correct as of 21 November 2021. Only competitive matches are counted.

List of Manchester United W.F.C. managers
Image Name Nationality From To P W D L GF GA Win%[nb 1] Honours Notes
BHA Women 0 Man Utd Women 2 WFAC 4th rd 03 02 2019-267 (32044693207).jpg Casey Stoney  England 8 June 2018 16 May 2021 77 52 6 19 213 60 067.53 1 FA Women's Championship title [10][41]
Marc Skinner  England 29 July 2021 present 10 4 4 2 16 16 040.00 [42]

Honours[edit]

Seasons[edit]

Key[edit]

  • GS = Group stage
  • QF = Quarter-finals
  • SF = Semi-finals
Champions Runners-up Promoted Relegated

Season summary[edit]

Results of league and cup competitions by season
Season League FA Cup League Cup Top goalscorer[nb 2]
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name Goals
2018–19 Championship 20 18 1 1 98 7 55 1st QF SF Jessica Sigsworth 18
2019–20 FA WSL 14 7 2 5 24 12 23 4th R4 SF Lauren James 9
2020–21 FA WSL 22 15 2 5 44 20 47 4th R5 GS Ella Toone 10

Records[edit]

Notes[edit]

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