According to Sky Sports, Manchester United Women’s captain and England player, Alex Greenwood is set to leave the club and join Lyon.
Man United women fans will be massively disappointed if she does leave the club, as she’s earnt a lot of respect over the past year with them. However, this will be a great move for her career. She would be joining England teammates Lucy Bronze and Nikita Parris.
While she’s learning more over there and developing with that squad, Casey Stoney will be on the recruit for a new captain. Obviously, she has other team members for the armband to fall back on, although she still has time to find a replacement. Amy Turner is a possibility to land the role temporarily as she captained the team in a friendly at the weekend.
The Football Manc Cave have picked out two possible permanent replacements.
The obvious options like Steph Houghton are out of the picture as she seems comfortable at Manchester City and has achieved a lot while being there. This is why I’ve gone for Millie Bright who did well in the World Cup and made a great partnership with Houghton at the back. She’s a player who will fight for every ball and has a lot of experience in the Women’s Super League.
Obviously, this would require signing her from Chelsea and I don’t think she would be negative about a chance for change. This is just a suggestion as she’s 25, knows what the league is about and gives her a chance to captain a big team.
Whether Casey Stoney manages to recruit a new captain or just hand the armband to someone else on the team. McManus has joined the team this summer and has loads of experience in the league too. She’s a huge Manchester United fan which would be great for her to land that role. She’s been with Manchester City for years too which would be a massive amount of experience to bring to United.
However, I’m not saying this should happen straight away, she should be given a year to gel with her team and then she can think about stepping up to the role. Manchester United Women accomplished so much in one year after they were promoted so making someone new captain isn’t something that is out of the picture.