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3 key dates for Man United Women in the Women’s Super League

The Women’s Super League fixtures have been released and Manchester United now know when they’ll be facing the biggest teams ahead of their first season in the WSL.

Manchester United did a brilliant job of winning promotion at the end of last season and they’ll be hoping to stay at a high standard.

It was revealed some time ago that Casey Stoney’s side would face Manchester City women on the opening game of the season, and it’s a highly anticipated game. Now that we can see who they will face and when.

The Football Manc Cave will now pick out three dates that should be key for The Red Devil’s…

Manchester City Women – September 7th

The first match of the season that we have already mentioned. Manchester City away. It will be tough for the reds, especially since it’s been announced that it will be held at the Etihad Stadium. There will be a lot of pressure behind Casey Stoney and her team as it’s their opening game in a new league, and they’ll hopefully have a large audience. It will also be interesting to see both team captains, Alex Greenwood and Steph Houghton go head to head as they’ve been playing as part of the same team with the Lionesses.

Manchester City Women March 29th

Man City at home. Probably an easy pick because yes it’s a derby game and the same reasons that will make the away clash exciting, this one will be one to watch too. However, this one for slightly different reasons. I want this game to have the same standards as their away trip. By that, I mean get the game played at Old Trafford. That’s one thing that will make it even more of a game to watch.

The biggest reason why I picked this game is because of the time of the football year it’s played. At this time, the teams should have established themselves and we should see how they’re going to shape for the season. If Man United have had a good campaign at this point, this match could be crucial.

Birmingham City Women – May 16th

I think The Red Devil’s will have a hard season with the tougher competition. This is why I’ve picked the last match of the season against Birmingham. The fixture will be held at home for Casey Stoney’s side which should be good for the team. However, this game could decide where her side finish in the league. My guess is that they’ll need as many points as they can get from this meeting so a win may be crucial.

Bolton Wanderers join the battle with Blackburn Rovers & Birmingham City for Huddersfield Town’s free agent

Bolton is up against Blackburn and Birmingham in a bid to seal the deal with ex-Huddersfield man Jack Payne.

Jack Payne recently enjoyed a season-long loan at Bradford in EFL League One, where the 24-year-old attacking-midfielder got nine goals and seven assists in 47 appearances.

Payne joined Huddersfield in 2016 from Southend United and has since been loaned on several occasions. Hence why he is now looking for a permanent move.

Bolton Wanderers have found themselves in the EFL League One after demotion last year. Coupled with many players departing from the club and crippling financial woes, they cannot go into League One assuming that they will easily regain their spot in the Championship.

Payne has proven to be of League One standard by standing out amongst a very troubled Bradford City squad, who finished dead last in the league last year.

In the current state of the Wanderers, they need to acquire players who are free or very cheap. Alongside coping with the demands of League One and help the side push towards promotion back into the Championship.

According to reports, a long list of clubs are aiming for Payne’s signature, clubs involved are Birmingham, Blackburn, Lincoln, Bolton, Oxford and MK Dons. The standard of the clubs looking to add Payne to the side hangs around the lower end of the Championship, to mid-high table teams in the EFL League One. This suggests that Payne is a suitable player for clubs looking to achieve Championship status or even help clubs retain Championship status; exactly the requirements of Bolton Wanderers.

With Bolton Wanderers failing to pay staff throughout last season, it could be unlikely that players will jump at the chance to join the side. However, if players are promised that Bolton will be fighting for promotion, perhaps they could be convinced.

OPINION: Man Utd Women To Take Super League By Storm In Their First Showing – Agree?

Manchester United Women had an amazing first season in the Women’s Championship as they were promoted to the Women’s Super League. 

The team were only formed last year and ended their efforts on 55 points. Now that they are looking forward to a newly promoted season, how will they do?

Well, the clubs Captain, Alex Greenwood is currently out in France playing for the Lionesses, although there are chances of the youngster catching an injury while she’s there, it’s a hugely beneficial chance for her to eye up competition.

While she plays against the likes of Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal women team members, it will help her know how to play against these women as well as with them. Abbie McManus is another player who’s out playing for England but at the end of the 18/2019 season, the 26-year-old left City for United. She has played with the blues for years, so transitioning to the rivals may be hard for her but again, very beneficial to the squad. 

In the Women’s championship, United had easier competition with the likes of Tottenham and Charlton. They stormed their league with a 9 point lead, however, they will have tougher matches on their hands with Super League professional’s, Arsenal winning their league this season.

The league that these girls are going into is a lot tighter and tougher to win points, Arsenal ladies won the league last year but not by many points, they finished on 54 points with Man City coming a very close second at 47 points. Even third and fourth place is tight with Chelsea finishing on 42 points and Birmingham on 40.

With this being said, although I think Man United won’t go down without a fight and will cause problems for these clubs who have never played against them before, I do think they will come across problems when it comes to the likes of City and Arsenal.

My prediction is that Man City and Arsenal will be fighting for the top spot next season, nevertheless, I don’t think United will make it easy and will probably finish around 3rd place, which again will be brilliant for the Red Devils. I just don’t think they will be able to top this league too. If they can, I’ll eat my words!

Is Ex-Salford City Player Matt Green A Good Fit For Grimsby Town?

When I started writing this article yesterday, Matt Green joining Grimsby Town was just a rumour.

The striker was released from his contract at Salford City and supposedly was left with no club. With Grimsby Town on the lookout for new players to start their next season, I was going to say that Green would be a great signing for them as he’s been around. He would be a great permanent signing for the club rather than just going on loan which is what he has been doing a lot.

The 32-year-old has played for Mansfield, Birmingham and Lincoln previously but he started in his youth at Bristol City. He managed a break at Cardiff City but somehow ended up playing non-league football again. Over the past few years, he’s tried to impress but after only managing 4 goals in 21 appearances for Salford and the owners having the money to quickly replace Green, he was released.

It’s since been revealed that the striker has signed a 2 year deal with Grimsby Town. This makes him their first summer signing and I think it’s a good one. He may have not been able to produce as many goals as some may have hoped and as we all say, goals win games. However, if Grimsby are looking for a player who will put 100% into every game, they’ve definitely found the right man.

He’s a confident man on the ball and can create chances, keeps attacking and hopefully as he settles in with his new team, he will be able to produce some more goals than in recent years. If this is the type of signing that Grimsby are making already, I have high hopes for the rest of the summer transfer window and I think other teams should take a lead out of their book.

With Salford revealing their list of players that they released at the end of the season, I think it’s a great opportunity for teams to snap up some youngsters that could be influential. Grimsby have clearly thought about that fact and now they have themselves a great signing, I just hope he can deliver.

OPINION: Birmingham’s Lukas Jutkiewicz Fits The Wigan Athletic Bill Perfectly

The rumour mill has started. I usually take ‘transfer rumours’ with a pinch of salt, mainly because Wigan are apparently on the verge of signing Giovani Dos Santos and Jordan Rhodes every transfer window.

However, the link to Lukas Jutkiewicz which has surfaced over the past few days is very credible, given Wigan are in the market for a ‘target man’ type striker.

Paul Cook’s side finished a credible 18th place last campaign but scored just 51 goals. With Leon Clarke returning to Sheffield United and Nick Powell rejecting a new contract offer, the Latics will be left with limited attacking options.

Joe Garner netted eight goals last season, and youngster Callum Lang will be returning after his successful loan spell at Oldham, but I’m sure Cook will be on the lookout for a striker who can score around 15-20 goals and propel his side to a top-half finish.

Is Lukas Jutkiewicz the saviour to his problems?

He’s certainly a striker that would ‘fit the bill’ in terms of fitting into our style of play. Wigan have attacking threat on the wings, with Gavin Massey and Michael Jacobs usually adopting the wide areas, however last season we didn’t have a finisher to benefit from their creativity. Jutkiewicz scored 14 goals last season, which is a good return in a Birmingham side that struggled for large parts of the season.

Whenever I’ve watched Jutkiewicz, he’s always been a handful for defenders. A similar type of player to Chris Wood who works hard, fights for every ball, constantly harrying defenders and always in the box at the right times. I expect Wigan to use Josh Windass more next season, and I feel like he could flourish playing ‘number 10’ behind a striker like Jutkiewicz.

It’s a yes from me, make Jutkiewicz a blue, a Wigan blue.

Would other Wigan fans be happy with the signing?

Why Man Utd Women Have a Great Signing on Their Hands in Hayley Ladd

When Manchester United announces the news just over a year ago that they were starting a women’s team, it was an exciting prospect for the club and for women’s football.

At the end of the season, United’s women managed to gain promotion to the Women’s Super League after 18 out of a possible 20 wins. When I found out about the Red’s women’s club forming, I thought it’d be a struggle for them to do well as they were being thrown in at the deep end with a newly formed group of girls. However, against the odds, they managed the promotion. Now that they have, it’s no surprise that they are on the hunt to strengthen their side as they go into a new league.

One of the signings comes from Birmingham City on a free transfer. Hayley Ladd has decided to reject a new contract offer from the blues and, join the promising Manchester side. She’s had a really impressive career so far at the age of 25, and I think she will be a great addition to her new team. United have also done well to get her for free.

She has 54 caps for Wales and in January this year, she received a golden cap in recognition of her 50th international appearance for them. She clearly gained attention internationally from an early stage, as she’s been a part of Wales’ international team since 2011.

Ladd started her career at Arsenal, she has also played for Birmingham and Bristol City which proves her experience in the biggest clubs in women’s football would make her a great addition to United. She could be part of a team that makes a historic move of the newly promoted side can do well in the WSL. Another positive and tactical move for Man United is that Ladd is known as a midfielder, but when she played for Wales on Tuesday against New Zealand, she was placed in defence and the side still managed to win 1-0.

If this is the sort of players that United are bringing in now, by the start of the next season, the reds should have a really strong team to challenge their new league with.

Two Out Of The Box Alternatives to Sebastian Haller for Man United

Rumour has it, Manchester United may need to find themselves a new striker. Romelu Lukaku has been linked with Inter Milan this week and it seems United are looking somewhere in between the £70 million to £80 million mark for their Belgian forward.

With that in mind, United have started to look at potential new replacements. The biggest link so far comes in the form of Sebastian Haller who scored an impressive 15 goals in 23 Bundesliga starts last season.

Finding a goal scorer is a must for the Red Devils as a disappointing end to last season saw Rashford, Martial and Alexis Sanchez all fail to find the back of the net in the last 9 games. Andy Cole has even weighed in on the matter saying, “Solskjaer must prioritise the signing of a striker this summer,” but who else should United be looking at?

Che Adams

Why not have a look at Birmingham City’s striker for a bit of hope. The 22-year-old scored 22 goals and got 5 assists last season for the blues. He’s been regarded as one of the best strikers in his division this season and it may not be too much of a gamble if United add him to the list of people they’re looking at.

They may have a fight on their hands though as Southampton have shown some interest in the forward. Crystal Palace has also shown some interest but Birmingham rejected an £8 million bid from Southampton today suggesting it’s either not enough or, they aren’t ready to give up their goal scorer. Maybe Solskjaer should put in a higher bid but the ball would need to start rolling soon as more teams look into the 22-year-old.

Oliver McBurnie

To buy United some time, they could consider the Swansea forward. While Inter Milan decided whether Lukaku is the man for them, McBurnie doesn’t seem to be gaining too much attention from any other teams, this would give Solskjaer a bit of time to weigh up the situation.

McBurnie managed to net 24 goals in 44 games last season for Swansea and he’s also played for Scotland. It wouldn’t be a bad option for the Red Devil’s and, he may be a cheaper option to getting United back in the highest positions of the Premier League again.

Whether Lukaku stays or goes, United need to find goal scorers either way. Goals win games and it’s something they’ve lacked for a while.

Jutkiewicz to Wigan – It’s a No From Me

The latest rumour in transfer “silly season” is Birmingham City striker Lucas Jutkiewicz could be on the move to Championship rivals Wigan Athletic. Somewhat of a sideways move if you ask many football fans after, Birmingham received a 9 point deduction last year in which they finished the season one point and one place above Wigan.

Both clubs last year finished lower midtable, but what a difference Jutkiewicz could make to Wigan Athletic. The target man striker finished last year on 14 goals and 10 assists in the Championship, while Wigans top scorer Joe Garner finished on 8 goals.

Nevertheless, the Latics look set to lose their top assister Nick Powell this summer, everything that Jutkiewicz brings to the team could propel them up the tab