Man Utd can be happy with WSL progress while still aiming for Champions League


Manchester United fans could be forgiven for wanting more from the 2021/22 WSL season, which drew to a close on Sunday with their team in fourth place for the third year in a row.

United, having narrowly missed out on qualifying for the Champions League for the first time last season, spent most of the second half of this season in the top three. But points dropped and Manchester City’s flawless surge to the line saw them shunted down to fourth… again.

Given that third place was in their hands for so long and slipped away, it might feel like a failure. But United had arguably already overachieved to be in contention until the final day in what was always likely to be a transition year for the club.

Preparation for the season was far from ideal. Former manager Casey Stoney resigned in May against a backdrop of frustration – primarily regarding training facilities, with new boss Marc Skinner not formally appointed until the very end of July.

It set United way back. New arrivals didn’t start to join until the latter stages of July when it was known that Skinner was coming, in comparison to both Arsenal and Chelsea who started their summer activity as early as May, while Manchester City signed two players in June.





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