On May 22nd, Jackie Groenen became Man United’s first overseas signing and she has us at the Football Manc Cave excited. So what can they expect from her?
If you’ve been keeping up with the Women’s World Cup, Groenen is a name that you may recognise as she’s just managed to reach the final. After the competition is over, she will have another task on her hands, that task being Manchester United.
Casey Stoney made her the first signing that Man United women have made from another country, as the team that was founded in 2018 consisted of all British players. Fans are already anticipating her Man United debut and here’s a couple of things to expect.
The Red Devil’s women’s side managed to gain promotion to the Women’s Super League at the end of last season and it will prove to be tough. One positive is that Groenen is no stranger to the Women’s Super League.
In 2014 she signed for Chelsea, in a year she scored 2 goals in 20 appearances. Now that she’s had a couple of years with other clubs, international games and the chance to grow as a player. She should be ready for a successful return to the WSL, which could be the difference for Man United’s campaign.
She may be a midfielder but you can expect her to find the back of the net occasionally and when she does, they’ll be screamers. After her spell at Chelsea, she signed for FFC Frankfurt. The 24-year-old scored 13 goals in 79 games for her club, she’s also netted 3 goals for the Netherlands in 53 caps.
I’m not saying she will be able to make a difference to the score in every match Man United play. After all, she will have to find her feet again as she returns to this tier of football. Although I can guarantee that when she does land a goal, it will be at a crucial time.
Groenen scored the only goal of the game in the Netherland’s World Cup Semi-Final against Sweden. It was a brilliant goal and I am praying she can produce a couple of the same against the USA in today’s final. On behalf of England, come on The Netherlands and come on Jackie!