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Man Utd Women: 2 strengths, 2 weakness that will get them with a mid-table finish

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.

Season Prediction: Man City Women’s Success Hinges On Lioness World Cup Campaign

With Manchester United Women being promoted to the Women’s Super League, will they cause problems for Man City?

Possibly. Nick Cushing has such a strong side, they managed to finish second in their league last season on 47 points. Arsenal ended their campaign on 54 points putting them as Champions, and finishing in third under City was Chelsea who had 42 points. This proves just how tight the league is and how the top tier can change quickly. 

My prediction for next season is that City will be fighting with Arsenal for the top spot once again. I hope they can manage to win the Super League but there are a few things to consider before that can happen.

For example, a lot of the Blues squad are out in France right now for the World Cup. Club captain, Steph Houghton is also leading her national side, players such as Karen Bardsley, Demi Stokes, Jill Scott and Ellen White are also out there at the minute hoping to prove that they are the best. What if any of them pick up an injury or come back to the Women’s League seeming unfit? It would sure cause City a few setbacks. 

The other factor being Manchester United. They have just been promoted to the WSL and, will be out for a good first season in the league as they smashed the Championship. I’m not saying the reds will do the same and go straight to the top of this league too. However, I do predict that they will cause a few problems for the likes of Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea and they will be in the mix for a top table finish. 

I’m wishing the Lionesses all the luck in the world and hope they can bring it home but, when the City players get back into training and start their new campaign, I hope they can maintain the same standards they already have.

I think the World Cup will depend on the mindset of some of the City women, if they do win, they may be hungry to win a title when they come home. If they don’t, they’ll either be feeling deflated or it will drive them to do well next season. 

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!