Manchester United W.F.C.

Manchester United Women Football Club is a professional football club based in Leigh, Greater Manchester, England, 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.

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; 4 years ago (2018-05-28)
GroundLeigh Sports Village
Capacity12,000
OwnerManchester United plc
Co-chairmenJoel and Avram Glazer
Head coachMarc Skinner
LeagueWomen's Super League
2021–22FA WSL, 4th of 12
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

1970s–2001: Unofficial teamEdit

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.[1] The team became increasingly competitive throughout the 90s at various levels of the FA Women's National League up until 2001.[2]

2001–2005: Partnership and disbandmentEdit

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[3]

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.[1] 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.[4] A media spokesman for Manchester United also claimed the club wanted to focus on its women's academy instead of its senior team.[3]

2018–present: Current teamEdit

 
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.[5] 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.[6][7] 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.[3][8] Casey Stoney was appointed as the club's first head coach on 8 June,[9] 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.[10] Three weeks later, their opening Championship encounter ended in a 12–0 victory away to Aston Villa.[11] On 17 April 2019, United secured promotion to the FA Women's Super League following a 5–0 win against the same opposition.[12] They clinched the FA Women's Championship title three days later following a 7–0 win at home to Crystal Palace.[13] In May 2019, Manchester United were named FA Women's Championship Club of the Year at the 2019 FA Women’s Football Awards.[14]

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.[15][16] 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.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19] 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.[20]

Manchester United Women played their first game at Old Trafford, against West Ham United, during the men's March 2021 international break.[21] Manchester United won the game 2–0.[22]

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.[23] 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.[24]

GroundEdit

 
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.[7] In the meantime United play their fixtures at Leigh Sports Village.[25] Moss Lane serves as a backup venue for when Leigh Sports Village is unavailable.[26] Ewen Fields has also been used as a contingency plan, hosting United’s FA Cup fifth round match against London Bees in February 2019.[27] In March 2021, it was announced that the women's team would play their first ever game at Old Trafford later that month against West Ham United.[28] In March 2022, the team played for the second time at Old Trafford and the first with fans present, beating Everton 3–1 in front of a club record 20,241 fans.[29]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

 
Manchester United in February 2019 before a match against Arsenal
As of 16 September 2022[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   ESP Ona Batlle
3 DF   NOR Maria Thorisdottir
4 MF   ENG Jade Moore
5 DF   ENG Aoife Mannion
6 DF   ENG Hannah Blundell
7 FW   ENG Ella Toone
8 MF   NOR Vilde Bøe Risa
9 FW   SCO Martha Thomas
10 MF   ENG Katie Zelem (captain)
11 FW   ENG Leah Galton
12 MF   WAL Hayley Ladd
15 DF   ENG Maya Le Tissier
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 FW   ESP Lucía García
19 FW   CAN Adriana Leon
20 DF   FRA Aïssatou Tounkara
21 DF   ENG Millie Turner
22 FW   ENG Nikita Parris
23 FW   ENG Alessia Russo
26 MF   ENG Grace Clinton
27 GK   ENG Mary Earps
28 FW   ENG Rachel Williams
32 GK   ENG Sophie Baggaley
37 MF   ENG Lucy Staniforth

Out on loanEdit

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   ENG Emily Ramsey (at Everton until 30 June 2023)[31]
13 FW   BRA Ivana Fuso (at Bayer Leverkusen until 30 June 2023)[32]
18 FW   SCO Kirsty Hanson (at Aston Villa until 30 June 2023)[33]
24 FW   WAL Carrie Jones (at Leicester City until 30 June 2023)[34]
25 DF   ENG Tara Bourne (at Birmingham City until 30 June 2023)[35]
30 MF   WAL Chloe Williams (dual registration with Blackburn Rovers until 30 June 2023)[36]

Player of the YearEdit

Season Player of the Year Players' Player of the Year
Name Nationality Position Notes Ref. Name Nationality Position Notes Ref.
2018–19 Katie Zelem   England Midfielder Inaugural winner [37]
2019–20 Hayley Ladd   Wales Midfielder [38]
2020–21 Ona Batlle   Spain Defender First non-British winner [39]
2021–22 Ella Toone   England Forward [40] Alessia Russo   England Forward Inaugural winner [41]

Reserves and academyEdit

Despite not having a senior women's team for many years, Manchester United have continued to run a girls regional talent club up to under-16 level in accordance with FA regulations.[42] The club's partner charity, The Manchester United Foundation, also works in coaching girls at all ages across the Greater Manchester region.[1] 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.[43][44] The club's development team had contested the WSL Academy Cup final against Arsenal the previous season.[45]

Under-21 squadEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
29 MF   ENG Rebecca May
35 DF   ENG Sasha McTiffin
39 GK   WAL Safia Middleton-Patel
41 FW   ENG Keira Barry
42 DF   WAL Bella Reidford
43 FW   ENG Eleanor Ashton
DF   ENG Amaris Ince
MF   WAL Megan Lewis
MF   AUS Layla Proctor
FW   USA Andrea Lu
GK   ENG Jennifer Handy
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   UAE Fay Al-Qaimi
MF   WAL Mayzee Davies
DF   ENG Zaiba Ishaque
MF   ENG Tamira Livingston
GK   ENG Kacey Woollam
MF   ENG Holly Deering
DF   ENG Ruby Johnson
MF   ENG Anna Fletcher
DF   ENG Olivia Moulton
FW   ENG Megan Sofield

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
34 DF   ENG Emma Taylor (dual registration with Burnley until 30 June 2023)[46]
36 DF   ENG Jessica Simpson (dual registration with Burnley until 30 June 2023)[47]
40 DF   SCO Niamh Murphy (dual registration with Blackburn Rovers until 30 June 2023)[48]
45 MF   ENG Ella Kinzett (dual registration with Burnley until 30 June 2023)[46]
46 FW   ENG Alyssa Aherne (dual registration with Burnley until 30 June 2023)[46]

Manager historyEdit

  •   Charlotte Healy (2019–present)

HonoursEdit

  • FA WSL Academy League National Champions: 1
  • FA WSL Academy League Northern Division: 1
  • FA WSL Academy Cup: 1

Academy graduatesEdit

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

Coaching staffEdit

First-teamEdit

As of 29 July 2021.
Position Staff
Manager   Marc Skinner
Assistant manager   Martin Ho[52]
Goalkeeping coach   Ian Willcock[53]
Performance coach   Elle Turner
Strength & conditioning coach   Tommy Munday

AcademyEdit

Position Staff
Under-21s manager   Charlotte Healy[43]

Higher ManagementEdit

Position Staff
Director of football   John Murtough[54]
Head of women's football   Polly Bancroft[54]
For a full list see Management of Manchester United F.C.

Managerial statisticsEdit

Information correct as of 19 November 2022. 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
  Casey Stoney   England 8 June 2018 16 May 2021 77 52 6 19 213 60 067.53 1 FA Women's Championship title [9][55]
  Marc Skinner   England 29 July 2021 present 39 22 10 7 79 42 056.41 [56]

HonoursEdit

SeasonsEdit

KeyEdit

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

Season summaryEdit

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
2021–22 FA WSL 22 12 6 4 45 22 42 4th R5 SF Alessia Russo 11

RecordsEdit

NotesEdit

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