After many years of controversy regarding Manchester United’s lack of involvement in women’s football, the club have announced major news on that front.
Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward announced on Wednesday evening that the Reds have submitted an application to the English Football Association to create a professional’s women’s side.
A Man United women’s team would play 8in the second tier of the Women’s Super League, which is undergoing restructuring currently.
If the application is successful, which is very likely, United’s women will train and play at the club’s former training ground, The Cliff, where academy matches are often held currently.
Woodward hailed the efforts of the FA in supporting United as they considered the change in thought.
“The FA has provided excellent support through the process,” he said, “and we believe that launching a team in WSL2 would give many more of our graduates from the Regional Talent Club the chance to establish themselves as first-team players.”
United currently have a good set up for female footballers under the age of 16 but often see great talent go to waste by either leaving football or joining rivals. 15 United products have played international football just this season.
Now, the club’s “highly successful” Girls’ Regional Talent Club will be able to offer a pathway to first team professional football.
”The Manchester United women’s team must be built in the same image and with the same principles as the men’s first team,” Woodward continued, “and offer academy players a clear route to top-level football within the club.”