As the Women’s super league kicks off again this week, the race for the top four remains incredibly tight. It is difficult to predict who will go on and win the league and it is interesting to note that since 2014, no team has retained a Women’s Super League title.
Could this be Casey Stoney’s year to turn Manchester red and win her first WSL title as the United manager? Stoney’s team has shown great resilience since being promoted to topflight football after only being in existence for a year.
The side was formed in 2018 after Manchester United were without a women’s team for 13 years. Casey Stoney had the task to sign 21 players in just four weeks with some transfers coming in days before pre-season.
What have the side achieved so far?
So far Stoney has seen great success with this new side, winning the Women’s Championship in 2019. They then went on to finish 4th in their first season in the WSL (2019/20 season). With 7 games played so far, United have gone unbeaten and currently sit at the top of the table.
The team has taken the season by storm beating league giants Arsenal 1-0 at home as well as taking points from Manchester City in a crucial comeback resulting in a 2-2 draw.
Manchester United have shown that they can beat the big team in the league, however, are they able to hold onto their lead at the top of the table?
Casey Stoney said from the start that with United, she is determined not to just throw money at the team. Rather she would like to build a squad over a long period of time.
At the start of the season, United signed Christen Press, Tobin Heath, and Alessia Russo to strengthen their squad. The signings have made an impressive start to the season with 6 goals and 4 assists between the trio.
With the WSL back after the international break, it will be interesting to see if Casey Stoney and her team can continue their momentum.