Before Manchester United Women start their new campaign in the Women’s Super League. The Football Manc Cave will look at two strengths and two weaknesses that Casey Stoney’s side will face, in order to get them to my predicted league finish.
I’ve predicted that Casey Stoney’s side will have a hard first season in the Women’s Super League, although I do think they will stay up and avoid relegation.
I stated that they may finish in the top flight of the league and battle it out with the best. However, now that the Women’s World Cup hype is over and I’m looking realistically, I think they’ll finish mid-table.
Here are 2 strengths and 2 weaknesses that Stoney and her side will face…
Strength 1: New Signings
With Manchester United being promoted and proving themselves after only a year of being formed, this summer has brought new players in. Jackie Groenen is one player who Casey Stoney managed to bring in. The Netherlands international is a highly anticipated player ahead of the new season. Abbie McManus is another player who she’s managed to bring in. She’s spent the past decade with rivals, Manchester City. So not only does she have league experience, but she also knows the ins and outs of Nick Cushing’s side.
Strength 2: World Cup
The Women’s World Cup obviously brought out a lot of new fans, the best players and gives fans an insight into how the women will appear ahead of the new season. Casey Stoney reported for the BBC throughout the whole World Cup, so she will have all the knowledge she needs ahead of the Super League. She got to see her own players like Alex Greenwood perform and other players like Ellen White. Hopefully, she would have been planning strategically for her teams next campaign while she was out in France.
Weakness 1: League Experience
Although Stoney herself has plenty of experience in the Super League, her team will have to get down to business and gel together quickly to conquer the best. They’ll be playing against the best, Arsenal and Manchester City especially. I have been saying all summer that Manchester City playing Manchester United women should be treated the same way as the men’s meeting. It’s been since announced that the pair will play the first game of the season against each other at the Etihad Stadium. This will surely add pressure onto United.
Weakness 2: Pressure
Casey Stoney achieved greatness with this Manchester side as she got them promoted from the Championship to the Super League in only one season of being formed. As much as that’s a brilliant achievement, it now surely adds pressure on her as a manager, as fans will expect good things this season.
I hope the team and Stoney herself manage to keep calm and stay focused on the league, which will hopefully see them finish around the 7th or 8th mark at the end of the season.