The 2018-2019 season will see a new squad of Red Devils line up for the first time since 2005. Manchester United’s Women Football Club was founded on the 28th of May, 2018. The side’s predecessor, the Manchester United Supporters Club Ladies, was formed in the late 1970s outside the official purview of the club before being brought under the official banner of Manchester United in 2001. However, the team was disbanded by the club’s new ownership in 2005. The ownership’s treatment of the 2005 squad can be considered dubious at best as the side were accustomed to wearing worn old kits while their operating costs were less than then recent signing Wayne Rooney’s salary of £55,000 per week.
Manchester United W.F.C. will play their inaugeral season as part of the F.A. Women’s Championship. The league is the second-highest division of women’s football in England. It was created following the expansion of the FA Women’s Super League in 2014. The side will play their home matches at Leigh Sports Village, which holds a capacity of 12,000 supporters, until they move to The Cliff following renovation. The side will face opposition from across England as they fight for promotion to the Super League. The side will be seen against recognizable opposition to the Men’s side in clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City and Aston Villa, as well as clubs such as Durham and Lewes.
Further, it is of note that while the original team was disbanded in 2005, the club maintained a youth academy for female players aged under 16. We as supporters of Manchester United can only hope that Manchester United W.F.C. apply themselves with the same attacking tenacity and verve that has built the Men’s side, as well as building their ranks through the youth academy as so many Manchester United teams have been built in the past.
Lastly, as United Supporters, we owe this side a duty to make our voices heard in their support and to make it known that the treatment that marred the previous side’s tenure under the club’s ownership will not be tolerated again. This side will undoubtedly wear the club’s badge as proudly as players and supporters past and present. The 2018-2019 begins a new era in Manchester United history and we are lucky enough to be living through it.