Galton's take on her new team-mates

Thursday 04 August 2022 15:00

Manchester United Women’s winger Leah Galton has been impressed with the character that the Reds’ new signings have brought to the group over the course of pre-season.

Marc Skinner’s side have been bolstered by five additions so far this summer, with the majority of those involved in the first few weeks of the team’s season preparations at Carrington. 

Adriana Leon and Lucia Garcia are still to join up with the squad as a result of their recent participation in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship and Euro 2022, respectively, but Rachel Williams, Grace Clinton and Maya Le Tissier have all got to work with their new team-mates over the last couple of weeks. 

Galton speaks glowingly about our recruits’ initial transitions to life at United in an exclusive pre-season interview that you can watch in full below.
Galton: I'm ready to get going again Video

Galton: I'm ready to get going again

United Women's Leah Galton reports in on her summer break, how pre-season has gone so far, our new signings and more...

“[They are settling in] really well actually, I think there’s a good group coming in,” our no.11 explains.

“Obviously, we’re still waiting for people to come in from the Euros and new faces from the Euros but everyone who has been in has been really easy to get along with. 

“[They are] really nice people and I’m excited to get to know them a bit more.”

Three players that Galton already knows plenty about are Mary Earps, Alessia Russo and Ella Toone – our triumphant Lionesses trio that helped England to win the European Championship on Sunday. 

Asked about her team-mates’ success at the tournament, Galton says: “They played so well, they did us all proud. 

“They’ll be enjoying themselves now, but we’re excited to get them back in and get training!

“I wasn’t surprised because I know how good they are obviously, but I think when you are coming on as a sub [in the case of Russo and Toone], it’s a lot different to starting a game and I think they came on, both of them every time, and they definitely changed the games so I’m really proud of them.”

The three Reds who made Euros history


Earps, Russo and Toone all contributed heavily to England’s first-ever European Championship win this summer.

On the subject of training, the squad have been back at Carrington for nearly four weeks now as preparations continue for the new campaign, which starts in September.

Before then, the Reds’ pre-season schedule kicks off next Wednesday (10 August), with Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers visiting Carrington. 

Ahead of that first game, Leah tells us how the opening part of pre-season has been behind the scenes. 

“I’m not going to lie, it’s been tough! A few heavy legs I think, but it looks like we’re going to be fit for the season and I think that’s the aim: just to keep fitness up there so we can outrun many teams and keep the ball better. So it’s looking good.

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Marc Skinner’s Reds are set to play five matches this summer in preparation for the 2022/23 campaign.

“It’s definitely up there for one of the hardest pre-seasons I’ve done so far and, as I’m getting older, it’s not that easy! I’ve just got to keep pushing through and then it will be time for the season, so I’m excited for that.

“I think if I’m the fittest I can be, playing is much easier for me, so I just want to get to there and obviously the rest of the team can be there too, so we can enjoy the football we play.”

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