Mary Earps signs a top for a young fan.

Earps reveals one of the club's biggest attractions

Tuesday 15 December 2020 17:00

Mary Earps has spoken in glowing terms about Manchester United Women’s following, during the latest episode of UTD Podcast.

Although our women’s side were only formed in 2017, our supporters have already established themselves as one of the most vocal and loyal in the land.

Of course, due to the government guidelines surrounding COVID-19, our fans haven’t seen Casey Stoney’s side in the flesh in nearly 10 months, and Earps has admitted it is strange without their spirited presence at Leigh Sports Village, and on the road.
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“It is different,” she told co-hosts David May and Helen Evans. “It’s just so quiet and I think that’s one of the big attractions about Man United, that the fans are so vocal, so loud, and will really get behind you.

“I think it’s so intimidating for teams to come and play against us. It gives us such a buzz to know we’re putting in performances that are making people proud and make people want to cheer for us; and to know we’re representing the club well. That’s what we want to do. We want people to look at us and be like: ‘yeah, that’s what Manchester United are about’.

“For sure it’s very different and, hopefully, with the new government announcement [crosses fingers] maybe one day soon, they’ll be back. Maybe in small numbers to start with, but at this stage it doesn’t even matter; just get people back in here!”
Earps has been an ever-present for United in the WSL this campaign and has kept four clean sheets from her nine league outings.

Assisted by Mary’s excellent displays, the Reds are currently top of the league table, a position we will definitely occupy at Christmas should we avoid defeat against Bristol City on Sunday.

Mary is aiming for a strong finish to this season and is hoping the 2021/22 term will see our women’s side play in Europe for the first time.
“I really hope that we can achieve qualification for the Champions League asap,” she said. “I don’t want to put a timeframe on it because we all know that it’s in the forefront of our minds.

“It would be unbelievable for United, with the fans that we have, to play in the best competition in the world - I’m talking about for your club. That would be incredible.”

The goalkeeper was also quizzed on whether our women’s team have already established any rivalries, less than three years after the side’s formation.

“City and Liverpool, there’s definitely a thing there,” she responded. “I want to win every match, so I’m a bit like that with everyone. I’m like: nah, not having it; don’t want these to win today. I’m always so competitive and aggressive for every game, every challenge.”