Manchester United W.F.C.

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Manchester United Women
Manchester United FC crest.svg
Full nameManchester United Women Football Club
Nickname(s)The Red Devils
Founded28 May 2018;3 years ago (2018-05-28)
Ground Leigh Sports Village
Capacity12,000
Owner Manchester United plc
Co-chairmen Joel and Avram Glazer
Head coachvacant
League FA WSL
2020–21 FA WSL, 4th of 12
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg 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]

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History

1970s–2001: Unofficial team

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

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

Manchester United celebrate winning the Championship title in their inaugural season. Man Utd Women 5 Lewes FC Women 0 11 05 2019-701 (47799278042).jpg
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]

Ground

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. [23] Moss Lane serves as a backup venue for when the Sports Village is unavailable. [24] Ewen Fields has also been used as a contingency plan, hosting United’s FA Cup fifth round match against London Bees in February 2019. [25] In March 2021 it was announced that the women's team would play their first ever game at Old Trafford later that month. [26]

Players

Current squad

Manchester United in February 2019 before a match against Arsenal Arsenal WFC v Manchester United WFC, 7 February 2019 (02).jpg
Manchester United in February 2019 before a match against Arsenal
As of 24 April 2021 [27]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Emily Ramsey
2 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Martha Harris
3 DF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Maria Thorisdottir
4 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Amy Turner (vice-captain)
7 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Ella Toone
9 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Jessica Sigsworth
10 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Katie Zelem (captain)
11 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Leah Galton
12 MF Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Hayley Ladd
13 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Ivana Fuso
14 MF Flag of the Netherlands.svg  NED Jackie Groenen
16 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Lauren James
No.Pos.NationPlayer
17 DF Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Ona Batlle
18 FW Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Kirsty Hanson
19 FW Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Jane Ross
20 DF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Kirsty Smith
21 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Millie Turner
22 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Fran Bentley
23 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Alessia Russo
24 FW Flag of the United States.svg  USA Christen Press
27 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Mary Earps
37 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Lucy Staniforth
77 FW Flag of the United States.svg  USA Tobin Heath

Out on loan

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
5 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Abbie McManus (at Tottenham Hotspur until 30 June 2021) [28]

Reserves and academy

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. [29] 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. [30] [31] The club's development team had contested the WSL Academy Cup final against Arsenal the previous season. [32]

Under-21 Development Squad

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
26 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Megan Hornby
28 MF Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Carrie Jones
29 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Rebecca May
30 MF Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Chloe Williams
32 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Tara Bourne
33 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Poppy Lawson
34 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Lara Miller
35 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Chloe Broughton
36 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Fran Stables
38 FW Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Karna Solskjær
No.Pos.NationPlayer
39 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Holly Davenport
40 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Niamh Murphy
41 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Emelia Wilson
42 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Izzy Reidford
43 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Pheobe Hollin
44 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Sophie Hillyerd
45 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Ella Kinzett
46 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Alyssa Aherne
47 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Polly Watson

Out on loan

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
31 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Maria Edwards(at Blackburn Rovers until 30 June 2021) [33]

Academy graduates

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

First-team

As of 16 May 2021.
PositionStaff
Managervacant
Assistant manager Flag of England.svg Martin Ho [34]
Goalkeeping coach Flag of England.svg Ian Willcock [35]
Performance coach Flag of England.svg Elle Turner
Strength & Conditioning Coach Flag of England.svg Tommy Munday
Lead physiotherapist Flag of Scotland.svg Kitty Forrest
Physiotherapist Ulster Banner.svg Eva Gibson

Academy

PositionStaff
Under-21s manager Flag of England.svg Charlotte Healy [30]

Managerial statistics

Information correct as of 16 May 2021. Only competitive matches are counted.

List of Manchester United W.F.C. managers
ImageNameNationalityFromToPWDLGFGAWin% [nb 1] HonoursNotes
BHA Women 0 Man Utd Women 2 WFAC 4th rd 03 02 2019-267 (32044693207).jpg Casey Stoney Flag of England.svg  England 8 June 201816 May 2021775261921360067.531 FA Women's Championship title [10] [36]

Honours

Seasons

Key

  • QF = Quarter-finals
  • SF = Semi-finals

ChampionsRunners-up Promoted Relegated

Season summary

Results of league and cup competitions by season
SeasonDivisionPWDLFAPtsPos FA Cup League Cup NameGoals
LeagueTop goalscorer [nb 2]
2018–19 Championship 201811987551st QF SF Jessica Sigsworth 18
2019–20 FA WSL 147252412234th R4 SF Lauren James 9
2020–21 FA WSL 2215254420474th R5 GS Ella Toone 10

Records

Notes

  1. Win% is rounded to two decimal places
  2. Goals in all competitions (FA Women's Championship or FA Women's Super League, Women's FA Cup and FA Women's League Cup are counted.)

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