Manchester United have received a license to join next season’s Women’s Championship by the FA.
A restructuring of the women’s leagues has required existing teams to reapply for their places, with a second open application phase allowing for new clubs to join.
Criticism has been thrown Man United’s way for failing to produce a women’s team for 13 years but plans were unveiled earlier this year to unveil a team for the 2018/19 season.
They will join the second division along with Charlton, Lewes, Leicester City and Sheffield United, and will be based at the Cliff, United’s first team training ground until 1999.
Ed Woodward, responding to the club’s successful application to the FA, sent out a statement on the club’s official website.
“The board is delighted that the FA has approved the application,” he said. “The new women’s team will build on the success of the Girls’ Regional Talent Club and have the same philosophy as all Manchester United sides, creating a pathway from academy to first team.”
“We will be making some exciting announcements in the coming days and weeks. Starting a professional team from scratch is challenging but rewarding and we will make every effort to provide the support and experience for the new women’s team to be successful and to uphold the fine traditions of our great club.”