Skinner: We are going to be even better next season
Marc Skinner praised his side for their ‘mentality’ after United Women's 1-0 success over Liverpool in the WSL, which helped secure our second-placed finish in the table for the 22/23 campaign.
Lucia Garcia came off the bench to score the only goal of the game at Prenton Park, as the Reds finished the season just two points behind league winners Chelsea.
Speaking after the game, Skinner echoed his feelings following a long and gruelling season for his side.
“It’s hard because I want to win the league and win cups but I also appreciate how far we have come in such a short space of time,” he began.
“It’s a unique situation, we can see the growth over five seasons. It’s a credit to our players, our staff and our fans for what we have built so far and what we continue to build. I am really proud of everyone.”
Further praising the togetherness and team spirit shown this season, Marc insisted how the Reds can only use this campaign to further fuel our future successes.
“I am so pleased with the team and all the staff, our mentality is so good,” Skinner told MUTV post-match in Merseyside.
“The experience we have had this year with the good, the bad and the ugly will help us grow. It hurts that we were two points off even though we have broken our points record.
“I think we have broken a lot of our barriers this year. We beat Arsenal twice, drew and won against Manchester City, Chelsea is the next team we have to beat.”
With Emma Hayes’ side having now won their fourth WSL title in a row, the United Women boss was quick to praise the Blues on their efforts this season.
“Congratulations to Chelsea and Emma,” he said. “Credit to them doing that on the back of a European run. There are small margins we have to improve.
“We have to get points from Chelsea, win against Everton but it’s amazing and the record is amazing. If you had said that to me at the beginning of the season then wow.
“We are closing the gap every single day and we are going to be even better next season.”
Despite the season only just finishing, the Reds' boss is already looking ahead to the next as preparations will naturally begin for our first season in the Women’s Champions League.
“The planning for next season started ages ago but we are an exciting team,” he added.
“If I was a player I would want to join this club. It’s a special unit.
“We want the best players and helping create the best players. We have a lot of world class players, we are passionate about watching people grow.”