Manchester United has applied to establish a women’s football team.
The Premier League team has submitted an application to the Football Association (FA). If the application is successful, the team would join the second tier of the Women’s Super League.
Manchester United is the only Premier League men’s side not to have a senior women’s team.
The club has been heavily criticised for not having a women’s side, while Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool’s women’s team are all thriving.
The club does however, continue to run a women’s group at junior age and they also work with local schools and community groups through the Manchester United Foundation.
If successful, the move would provide a career pathway for players who graduate from the long-established and highly successful Girls’ Regional Talent Club, which has seen some 15 of its graduates playing international football this season alone.
The squad would be based at the club’s historic training centre at The Cliff.
Ed Woodward, Executive Vice-Chairman said, “The FA has provided excellent support through the process 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.”
“The Manchester United women’s team must be built in the same image and with the same principles as the men’s first team and offer academy players a clear route to top-level football within the club.”