Manchester United submit application to launch women's team

Old Trafford stadium view

Old Trafford stadium view

Manchester United have announced plans to launch the club's first professional women's team and have submitted an application to join the second tier of the Women's Super League. In January Phil Neville, the England women national team coach and former United defender, stated he would be "urging them" to do so.

If successful, United - now the only Premier League outfit not to have a senior women's side - intend to integrate the new team into the second tier of the Women's Super League. 'They have a fantastic community programme for female players and coaches.

'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'.

The leagues will be rebranded and restructured from next season, with WSL1 becoming the Women's Super League, while WSL2 will be called the Women's Championship.

'When they do set out their women's team it will be one to challenge City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool.

United are now the only top-flight club without a women's team after scrapping their side in 2005.

"I will be encouraging them", said Neville.

Those youth team players have shown promise, reaching the Under-16 FA Youth Cup Final in 2016.

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'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 girls' regional talent club is run via the United foundation.

Mancheter United have submitted an application to the English Football Association with hopes that they will be granted permission to start their own women's team.

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