Man Utd announce plans to form professional women’s team

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United are setting up a senior women’s team © AFP/File / OLI SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 22 – Manchester United have announced plans to form a women’s professional team after long being criticised for lagging behind their rivals.The Premier League giants are the only top-flight club in England without a senior women’s team. United said they had submitted an application to the Football Association to join the second tier of the Women’s Super League.“We are pleased to announce that the club intends to establish its first-ever professional women’s team and has submitted an application to enter WSL2,” said Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.“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.”Ex-United player and current England women’s coach Phil Neville recently called on his former club to form a women’s team.Sports minister Tracey Crouch praised Manchester United for “finally dragging themselves into the 21st century” in the House of Commons on Thursday.Commons Speaker John Bercow, an avid Arsenal fan, chimed in, saying: “They are light years behind Arsenal.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgDonegal star Michael Murphy believes the GAA may be better off calling a halt to pre-match parades.Michael MurphyThere were ugly scenes last Sunday prior to Armagh’s Ulster Championship quarter-final with Cavan when a massive brawl broke out before the ball was even thrown in.The Glenswilly man admits that he can take or leave what is becoming part of a major pre-match build-up. “It’s different with the club, where you play the game straight away, and you get used to that as well. If that’s the case with the county I’d be happy enough with that too.”A major scuffle broke out between both teams after Armagh lined up behind the Cavan flag, which was being carried by the St Michael’s Scout Band.Cavan forward Martin Dunne was injured in the fracas.The GAA is coming under pressure to address the pre-match parade, and Murphy told Sky Sport it may be better off omitting it completely. “It wouldn’t be too bad, one way or the other,” said Murphy. “Is it needless? It’s just a tradition, and whether you can speak out much against tradition I don’t know.“I suppose it may add to the whole general spectacle as such. But it’s a funny one and an individual preference, really.“There are so many different things before a game now. You go out early, get through your warm-up, which is needed, then there’s the whole thing of the toss, the parade, the national anthem, and maybe the minute’s silence, which tends to be in nearly every game at the moment.“It’s different with the club, where you play the game straight away, and you get used to that as well. If that’s the case with the county I’d be happy enough with that too.”The GAA’s Central Competitions Control Committee is reviewing video evidence and the referee’s report following the Athletic Grounds brawl. It is believed that both county boards will face fines at the very least. Rather than a parade which can add to pre-match tensions between the sides, Murphy says more players would prefer to get the game underway.“Aye, that’d be fair enough, I think you would,” he said. “I suppose you’re out on the pitch, for 20 or 30 minutes before the game. I’m sure both teams that went out on Sunday were focused on carrying out their plan, and execute the game plan.“But football and hurling throws up things that you really can’t plan for. It’s how you react as individuals and how you react as a team, and what your principles are.”MURPHY SAYS TIME MAY HAVE COME TO SCRAP MATCH PARADE was last modified: June 12th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGAAglenswillyMichael Murphyparadeslast_img read more