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.