Manchester United W.F.C.

Manchester United Women
Full name Manchester United Women Football Club
Nickname(s) The Red Devils
Founded 28 May 2018 (2018-05-28)
Ground Leigh Sports Village
Capacity 12,000
Owner Manchester United plc
Co-chairmen Joel and Avram Glazer
Head coach Casey Stoney
League FA Women's Championship
Website Club website

Manchester United Women Football Club is a professional football club based in the Salford suburb of Broughton, Greater Manchester, England, that will compete in the FA Women's Championship from 2018, the second tier of English women's football.[1] They will be based at The Cliff,[2] formerly used as a training ground by their men's counterpart.

History

In March 2018, Manchester United announced their intentions to form a women's football team.[3] 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.[1][2] It marked the club's return to women's football after a thirteen-year absence, following Manchester United's disbandment of their women's set-up back in 2005 to focus on youth team football; 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.[4][5] Casey Stoney was appointed as the club's first head coach on 8 June,[6] with their inaugural 21-player squad announced just over a month later.

The team's first game back was on 19 August 2018, a 1-0 away win against Liverpool in the FA Women's League Cup, with Lizzie Arnot scoring their first competitive goal in thirteen years.[7]

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.[2] United play their fixtures at Leigh Sports Village.[8]

Players

Current squad

As of 13 July 2018[9]

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

No. Position Player
1 GK Siobhan Chamberlain
2 DF Martha Harris
3 DF Alex Greenwood (captain)
4 DF Amy Turner
6 MF Aimee Palmer
7 FW Ella Toone
8 MF Mollie Green
9 FW Jessica Sigsworth
10 MF Katie Zelem
11 FW Leah Galton
12 DF Naomi Hartley
No. Position Player
13 GK Emily Ramsey
14 MF Charlie Devlin
15 DF Lucy Roberts
16 MF Lauren James
17 FW Lizzie Arnot
18 FW Kirsty Hanson
19 FW Ebony Salmon
20 DF Kirsty Smith
21 DF Millie Turner
22 GK Fran Bentley

Coaching staff

Position Staff
Manager Casey Stoney[6]
Assistant coachWillie Kirk[10]
Goalkeeping coachIan Willcock
Performance coachElle Turner

Seasons

Results of league and cup competitions by season
Season Division P W D L F A Pts Pos FA Women's Cup FA WSL Cup Name Goals
League Top goalscorer[nb 1]
2018–19 Championship 0000000

Managers

As of 25 August 2018. Only competitive matches are counted.

List of Manchester United W.F.C. managers
Name Nationality From To P W D L GF GA Win%[nb 2] Honours Notes
Casey Stoney  England 8 June 2018 present 2 1 0 1 1 2 050.00 [6][11]

Notes

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

    References

    1. 1 2 Staff writer (28 May 2018). "Manchester United get Women's Championship licence; West Ham join top flight". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
    2. 1 2 3 Staff writer (29 May 2018). "Manchester United get Women's Championship licence". ITV News. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
    3. Sports staff (22 March 2018). "Manchester United announce women's team and apply to join Women's Super League". The Independent. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
    4. Leighton, Tony (21 February 2005). "United abandon women's game to focus on youth". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
    5. Moore, Glenn (22 March 2018). "Manchester United take vital step forward in announcing women's team - but there's still work to be done". The Independent. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
    6. 1 2 3 Boswell, Zinny (8 June 2018). "Casey Stoney named Manchester United women's head coach". Sky Sports. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
    7. "Lizzie Arnot: Scotland cap hails 'amazing' late goal for Manchester United Women". BBC Sport. 19 August 2018. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
    8. Duncker, Charlotte (18 June 2018). "Manchester United Women's team set to make surprise transfer announcements". Manchester Evening News. MEN Media. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
    9. McKeegan, Alice (13 July 2018). "Manchester United Women announce squad including Liverpool and Man City signings". Manchester Evening News. MEN Media. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
    10. Staff writer (28 June 2018). "Willie Kirk: Manchester United Women name ex-Bristol City boss assistant coach". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
    11. "All 2018-19". www.manutd.com. Retrieved 2018-08-13.
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