Man Utd Women Under-21s excited for WSL Academy Cup final | 9 March 2022

While the final will be a learning experience regardless of the result, Healy explains that competitive games of this nature are also key to the development of a winning mentality among young players.

“It’s certainly part of their journey where they have to experience winning games and learn what it takes to win games,” the coach continued.

“The next stage for them when they graduate from our Academy is to play Super League football or Championship football. 95 per cent of our players are either youth internationals or senior internationals, so absolutely winning is important and they have to learn how to do it. 

“Whilst we don’t measure the success of our Academy on winning trophies, as individuals, it’s a hugely important part of their journey.

“It’s an experience where they might feel a bit of pressure, [there will be] a crowd in and the opportunity of winning a cup so yeah it’s really important for them.”

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