Casey Stoney had a successful first year as manager of Manchester United Women, now its time for the Football Manc Cave to look at her squad ahead of a tough season.
The newly formed team managed a promotion to the Women’s Super League, now their manager has started forming her squad for the next campaign. Stoney wished four players, Devlin, Hartley, Roberts and Salmon well, as she released them from her squad at the end of the season. Now she has welcomed Jane Ross, Abbie McManus and Jackie Groenen.
Here’s my prediction for what the starting eleven could look like as Man United start their season. I’ve added two new players in the starting line up which might not work, as they won’t have found their place in the team properly. I’ve simply picked out who I think should start to give Man City the toughest of games. I’ll talk you through my thinking and who I would have as back up in case the team seems to fail.
Chamberlain has to start, she’s the obvious pick and Emily Ramsey on the bench in case the keeper has an injury. To help the keeper out in defence, of course, I’ve gone with the captain, Alex Greenwood. She’ll return from the heartache of the Lionesses’ World Cup semi-final result hungry for a strong 2019/20 campaign. I’ve picked Amy Turner to help out along with Martha Harris.
I’ve then made my first controversial choice in starting newly signed Abbie McManus. She has spent the past 12 years at Man City and signed for their rivals at the end of the season. Her experience in the WSL is exactly what Man United need to consider in their opening game. She’ll know what to look out for against her old team mates. Squad numbers haven’t yet been announced but with the number 12 being available, it might be quite fitting after her 12 years at City.
In midfield, I thought that three players who proved to also be goal scorers for the reds last year could be beneficial in their opening game alongside the new addition. Lauren James is the youngest member of the squad who found the back of the net multiple times last year. Katie Zelem is loved by the fans along with Mollie Green. To join them, I picked a new signing, Jackie Groenen who could take the number 14 spot. Aimee Palmer is an option in case the formation isn’t working.
And finally, United’s Golden Boot Winner, Jess Sigsworth along with another new signing, Jane Ross. She was only announced this week as a newbie to the club, but her experience in the WSL with West Ham has influenced me to pick her to start. Ella Toone and Leah Galton should also be back up in case the line up really isn’t working.