Manchester United women's team profile: Squad, coach, captain, stadium, achievements

Manchester United women's team profile: Squad, coach, captain, stadium, achievements

Claudia Kogi
updated at June 4, 2023 at 9:27 AM
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Yes! Unlike centuries ago, when women were known to sit pretty alongside their men, these days, they have proven to have what it takes to compete in various continental sports. In this case, Manchester United women will just attest to this fact. Stick around as we explore Manchester United women's team in great depth.

When was the Manchester United women's team formed?
Marc Skinner, the head coach of Manchester United women, instructs his squad during the FA Women's Super League match against Liverpool at Prenton Park on 27 May 2023 in Birkenhead, United Kingdom. Photo: Robbie Jay Barratt
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These female athletes are in the limelight not only due to their extraordinary capabilities on those soccer pitches but also for their immense commitment to being stars in the soccer arena. What else is known about the Manchester United women's team?

Manchester United women's profile summary

Full name

Manchester United Women's Football Club


The Red Devils

Year founded

28 May 2018

Average age

5 years of age as of June 2023


Leigh Sports Village




Manchester United plc


Joel and Avram Glazer

Head coach

Marc Skinner


Women's Super League


Red, White, Black, Green

Social media presence

Instagram, Twitter

When was the Manchester United women's team formed?

Manchester United Women's Football Club is a professional football club based in Leigh, Greater Manchester, England. It competes in the Women's Super League, WSL, the top tier of English women's football, after gaining promotion from the Championship at the end of the 2018/19 season.

The team was first brought into the public's eye back in 1921 when the ban by The Football Association prohibiting women's football from being played was formally lifted. It took around five decades before Manchester United Supporters Club Ladies began operations in the late 1970s and was unofficially recognized as the club's senior women's team.

Manchester United women's achievements
The Red Devils in action during a training session at Carrington Training Ground on 25 May 2023 in Manchester, England. Photo: Charlotte Tattersall
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It was in 2001 that the team formed an official partnership with Manchester United. However, the club stagnated with successive mid-table finishes in the third division. The then vice chairman, Ray Kiddell, even claimed,

It is very disappointing. The progress of women's football can be really helped by professional clubs taking teams under their umbrella, and it's a blow to the game that a great club like Manchester United will no longer be doing this.

After a while, the Manchester United women's team was finally founded on 28 May 2018 following the club's successful application to join the newly formed 2018/19 FA Championship.

Who is Manchester United's women's coach?

The renowned soccer team boasts one of the best coaching staffs the soccer arena has ever seen.

  • Head coach: Marc Skinner
  • Assistant coach: Martin Ho
  • Goalkeeping coach: Ian Willcock
  • Strength and conditioning coach: Tommy Munday

Who is Manchester United women's captain?

Nothing is more appealing and refreshing than a team with a skilled and determined captain. The Red Devils have Katie Zelem as their head captain. She is an English-based national who plays as a midfielder in her captaining role.

Manchester United women's shirt

The renowned Red Devils often play their home games wearing red shirts paired with white shorts. They always wear white shirts and black shorts when they have games away from home. Additionally, they have green skits as their third colour.

Where does the Manchester United women's team play?

They often host and play games from Leigh Sports Village, which has a capacity of 12,000. Aside from the soccer team, it is also home to the professional rugby league, Leigh Leopards.

Manchester United women's roster

The following legendary players comprise the team's current roster: goalkeepers, midfielders, defenders, and forwards.


  • Mary Earps
  • Sophie Baggaley


Manchester United women's achievements
The Red Devils in action during a training session at Carrington Training Ground on 5 May 2023 in Manchester, England. Photo: Charlotte Tattersall
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  • Ona Batlle
  • Maria Thorisdottir
  • Aoife Mannion
  • Hannah Blundell
  • Jayde Riviere
  • Maya Le Tissier
  • Aïssatou Tounkara
  • Millie Turner


  • Ella Toone
  • Martha Thomas
  • Leah Galton
  • Lucía García
  • Nikita Parris
  • Alessia Russo
  • Rachel Williams


  • Vilde Bøe Risa
  • Katie Zelem (Captain)
  • Hayley Ladd
  • Lisa Naalsund
  • Estelle Cascarino (on loan from Paris Saint-Germain until 30 June 2023)

Who is Manchester United women's best player?

If there is one thing, head coach Marc Skinner is proud of about his team, the skills the legendary players often display. In the 2022/23 season, forward Alessia Russo is regarded as the player of the year following her inaugural winning label.

In the previous season, 2021/22, Ella Toone was the best player, having recorded more WSL assists than any female soccer player on her team.

What are Manchester United women's achievements?

Although they are yet to win more trophies and claim various titles in their league, their match against the Arsenal women's team still is the talk of the town as they consequently claimed a place in the semi-finals of the Continental Cup.

Additionally, they are the renowned winners of the 2018/19 FA Women's Championships.

Manchester United women's top scorers

The following players are known for their incredible skills, especially in scoring goals.

  • Alessia Russo - 11 (9 WSL, 2 Continental Cup)
  • Ella Toone - 9 (7 WSL, 1 FA Cup, 1 Continental Cup)
  • Leah Galton - 8 (8 WSL)
  • Katie Zelem - 7 (5 WSL, 1 FA Cup, 1 Continental Cup)
  • Martha Thomas - 6 (5 WSL, 1 Continental Cup)

Having narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification during the 2021/22 season, the Manchester United women have time again proven just how worth they deserve a place in the soccer arena. Nevertheless, they are skilled soccer players who have a promising future.

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Claudia Kogi is a Kenyan content creator with over 3 years of experience. Claudia joined as a writer in January 2022, covering sports and relatable content.