United Women sign Emma Watson

Friday 25 August 2023 16:00

Manchester United are delighted to announce the signing of 17-year-old Scotland international midfielder Emma Watson on a permanent deal.

Emma graduated from Rangers’ Academy, making her first-team debut against Motherwell on 15 August 2021, at the age of 15. 

That same season, Emma scored her first senior Rangers goal in the side’s 4-0 Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup win over Boroughmuir Thistle, on 29 August 2021.

Emma netted her first UEFA Women’s Champions League goal when Rangers took on Benfica last season, in the second leg of their second-round qualifying tie. 

At international level, Emma made her senior Scotland debut against Australia on 7 April 2023 and, four days later, scored two goals in their 4-0 win over Costa Rica.
Emma Watson said:

“I’m absolutely delighted to sign for Manchester United. It’s a huge club with a lot of history and I cannot wait to get started.

“I’m really excited to learn and to play alongside some great players.

“I’ll give everything to this team and I’m looking forward to pulling on the red jersey.”
Marc Skinner said: 

“Emma is an extremely exciting young talent who will add energy and enthusiasm to our squad.

“Emma plays with a maturity beyond her years and arrives in Manchester with international and Champions League experience.

“We look forward to watching Emma continue her development within our team, over the coming seasons.”

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Polly Bancroft added: 

“Emma is a player that we have been monitoring for some time and we are delighted to secure her signature.

“Emma already has an impressive wealth of experience for a player so young, and we are excited to see her continue to develop within our squad.”

Everyone at the football club would like to welcome Emma to Manchester United and wish her the very best of luck in red.