Manchester United have named Marc Skinner as the new manager of their Women’s team on a two-year contract until June 2023.
Skinner joins on a two-year contract after resigning as Orlando Pride manager last Friday (23 July) in order ‘to pursue a coaching opportunity outside of the National Women’s Soccer League’..
This move also sees Skinner return to Women’s Super League (WSL) for the first time since departing Birmingham City for Orlando Pride in January 2019, as he replaces Casey Stoney who departed at end of last season.
Speaking on his decision to move back to England and take up the managerial role at Utd, Skinner spoke of feeling “excited and proud” to be named as manager of the Red Devils and working close with staff and players, including Hannah Blundell and Martha Thomas who are amongst new signings this summer.
Skinner also acknowledged Stoney’s work to develop the club into serious top of table contenders as he vowed to build on progress, saying: “Our focus is to build on everything they have already achieved in the women’s game.
“It’s an exciting opportunity to lead the team into what will be another competitive WSL season; I want us to achieve success together and our aim is to give the fans a team they can continue to be proud of.”
Outgoing Man Utd Executive Vice-Chairman, Ed Woodward praised Skinner for his “proven pedigree” as a manager in the WSL, having previously guided Birmingham City to fourth and fifth-placed finishes with the Brummies sat fourth at time of his departure for NWSL.
Woodward however believes that Skinner’s appointment is evidence of the club’s commitment to aiming for future success, adding: “Our commitment to the continued development and success of the women’s team is total, and we see Marc’s appointment, along with the talented squad and players recruited this summer, as key to that process.”
Football Director, John Murtough also noted Skinner’s “incredible drive, ambition and a vision for the team,” which he hopes will help the team move forward after having led part of last season’s WSL campaign before a catalogue of injuries saw they ultimately finish fourth.
Skinner’s debut as Man Utd Women’s manager will take place across weekend of 3-5 September 2021 as the Red Devils host Reading at home in the opening round of the new WSL season.
Skinner will face his former team – Birmingham City away on weekend of 1-3 October with the home leg scheduled for weekend of 14-16 January 2022.