Manchester,ENGLAND: Manchester United have applied to have a professional women’s team.
The club have been heavily criticised for not having an adult women’s side, with England coach Phil Neville saying in January he would discuss the matter with his former club.
Should their application be successful, United would be based at the Cliff training ground in Salford.
It is anticipated they would play as a full-time team in the second tier during the 2018-19 season.
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said the women’s side “must be built in the same image and with the same principles as the men’s first team”.
The club have resisted calls to reinstate the women’s team that they scrapped in 2005, despite Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool all having thriving teams within the WSL system.
It is anticipated trials for the new team will be held in June.
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