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Manchester United get Women's Championship licence

Manchester United applied to form a professional women's team in March. Photo: Anthony Devlin/ PA

The Football Association has approved Manchester United’s application to form a professional women’s team in the FA Women’s Championship, starting later this year.

The team will be called ‘Manchester United Women’ and will be based at The Cliff, the club’s training ground in Salford, once redevelopment work has been completed.

The Cliff training ground in Salford. Credit: Google Earth

Speaking of the successful application, Manchester United’s Executive Vice Chairman, Ed Woodward, commented:

“The board is delighted that the FA has approved the application. The new women’s team will build on the success of the Girls’ Regional Talent Club and have the same philosophy as all Manchester United sides, creating a pathway from academy to first team.

“We will be making some exciting announcements in the coming days and weeks."

Starting a professional team from scratch is challenging but rewarding and we will make every effort to provide the support and experience for the new women’s team to be successful and to uphold the fine traditions of our great club.”

– Ed Woodward, Manchester United’s Executive Vice Chairman