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Why you should be looking out for Man City Women, Man Utd Women and Salford City Lionesses next season

As the Women’s World Cup seemed to bring in more fans than ever. The Football Manc Cave have picked out some Greater Manchester-based clubs that you should keep an eye out for this coming season.

Did you know that there were around 10 players from Manchester United women and Manchester City women combined that appeared in the Women’s World Cup?

This proves that there’s a lot of talent that we are responsible for as Manchester football clubs. Now that international football is over, looking at league football is the next step and we have picked out some of the top picks to look out for…

Manchester City

An obvious choice, however, Nick Cushings’ side finished 2nd behind Arsenal, this year they will be out to try and win the league. They also have signed a few players over the summer and one of the biggest names Lionesses, Ellen White is one of those recruited.

They will have a great start to their campaign by hosting Manchester United and this game will be even bigger as it is being held at the Etihad Stadium. A lot of the England women players were also Man City players so if they don’t come back too deflated from the World Cup, they’ll surely come back hungry to win the league.

Manchester United

After only being formed around a year ago, Man United women’s team surprised fans as they gained immediate promotion to the Women’s Super League. Their season could go either way, however, fans hope they will see some fighting football and see Man United stay up in the highest league of English Women’s Football.

So again, their first game will be at the Etihad. They’ll feel a lot of pressure but it should make them a stronger team and give them an insight for the rest of the season.

Salford City Lionesses

If it’s exciting football with big scores that you are looking for then go and watch a Salford Lionesses’ game. They were champions of the Greater Manchester Women’s Football League. Just to give you an idea of their score lines, Sale Women list 7-0 to the Salford side. They also beat the Rochdale Women, 14-2.

There are more Women’s teams in the Greater Manchester area that should be mentioned, however, I feel these three teams will be the ones to impress this coming season.

How Man City Women’s line up could look like against Man Utd Women

Before the Women’s Super League gets started, the Football Manc Cave has predicted what we think Man City’s opening team could look like.

A few days ago it was revealed that the blues will face their newly promoted rivals, Manchester United, to start off the new season. A lot of Nick Cushing’s side have been out in France competing in the World Cup. They may come back a little deflated but hopefully, the players know that they have drawn in a much bigger number of fans than ever before.

With that being said, I’ve picked out what I think could be the starting 11 players for their opening game against Casey Stoney’s side.

The obvious choice for the ‘keepers position has to be Bardsley, after her impressive World Cup form. Roebuck should be on the bench as she did get a few starts last season, and will probably be eased into the squad more and more as the season goes on.

Defenders

City’s back four are extremely strong and all quite versatile in terms of positions. I’ve picked Morgan, Bonner, Stokes and obviously the captain, Steph Houghton. I was so impressed by her World Cup performance and had so much sympathy for her when she missed the penalty in the semi-final. I hope she’s not too hard on herself, comes back fighting and helps Man City win the Super League this season. There’s always the options of Campbell and Fidalgo as back up.

Midfielders

The midfield line up that I’ve gone with is consistent and strong with Weir, Walsh and another Lioness stand out, Jill Scott. I’ve also included new signing Laura Coombs who I think will have a really successful time at the Manchester side.

Strikers

The hardest part of picking this team has definitely been the strikers. If Cushing’s didn’t already have a long list of forwards to choose from, they definitely do now with Ellen White being added to the options.

I know that Man City will treat the derby just like the men’s teams and fans do, and they will be out to win. This is why I think White will be given a chance after the World Cup performance that she produced, and Stanway should be her partner up front. They have the options of Wullaert, Beckie, Bremer and Hemp on the bench.

Man Utd Women set to benefit from these 2 things

With the Women’s World Cup at the forefront of the Nation’s attention. The Football Manc Cave feels it seems entirely fitting that an ex-Manchester City player, now with Manchester United Women should be involved in the Manchester derby on the opening weekend of the new season.

Jane Ross has all the ingredients needed to become one of Manchester United Women’s top players. The recently promoted side has given an early indication to the rest of the Super League, that they aren’t just there to make up the numbers.

Followers of the game will be well aware of Jane who began her career at youth level with Paisley Saints Ladies. In June 2006, she joined Glasgow City, where she won six Scottish Women’s Premier League titles, three Scottish Cups and three League Cups. She also helped the club reach the last 16 of the UEFA Women’s Champions League in the 2011–12 campaign.

The two attributes Jane will bring to United are the sort of skills any side needs…

Goal scoring Ability

Jane’s record of 104 goals in 118 appearances for Glasgow City between 2006-12 is phenomenal by any standards. Her subsequent goals in Sweden for Vittsjö GIK, Manchester City and West Ham as well as 58 International games for Scotland, gives any side with her in an automatic advantage. Man United fans were quick to show their excitement at the signing.

Long Term Ambition

Having rejoined the Women’s game after a 13-year absence, following the Glazer’s decision to disband the side deeming the women’s team to not be part of the “core business” and unprofitable. Manchester United Women can show that they are at the forefront of the interest in the Women’s game. Signing a top player like Jane Ross gives a clear message to the rest of the league, the fans and the Glazers that Manchester United Women mean business.

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!