Earps targets silverware after joining United Women

Friday 30 August 2019 09:00

Manchester United Women signing Mary Earps feels the Reds can compete with the very best sides in the game over the coming years.

Casey Stoney’s squad is gearing up for just a second-ever season, but the England international says the group can challenge for success, both domestically and in Europe.

Speaking in her first interview with club media since joining from German side VfL Wolfsburg, Earps admits she wants to help United one day win the Champions League.

“I just really want to do my job and help the team as much as I can to get where it needs to go, which is winning trophies and winning the Champions League in a few years’ time,” she says.

“I think there’s something really special going on here and it can be a huge club - not just in men’s football, but in women’s football in years to come. So I’m excited to be a part of that.”
Welcome to the club, Mary Earps.
Silverware is something our Women’s side has become accustomed to, after winning the Women’s Championship during the maiden campaign of 2018/19.

That success means we will compete in the Women’s Super League (WSL) for the first time in the upcoming season, which is a challenge that Earps is looking forward to.

“We’re in the top league now and there is a lot of expectation on us, but pressure is a privilege,” the goalkeeper explains. “If people are expecting a lot of us it means they think we’re capable of a lot. We just need to go out there, express ourselves and show what we can do.”
United begin the new season with a Manchester Derby on Saturday 7 September, which will take place at the Etihad Stadium and will be broadcast live on BT Sport.

“When it got announced I thought ‘this is 100 per cent the move for me’,” says Earps.

“Hopefully the fans will come out in numbers and we can set new records in terms of attendances, and put on a really great game of football and show where women’s football has come from, where it’s going and what the future looks like.”
Mary Earps is excited to start her United Women career.

The 26-year-old was announced as United player last month after her participation at the World Cup as part of Phil Neville’s Lionesses squad, meaning she’s had some time to get to know her new team-mates.

“It’s been really good, I’ve been here for a few weeks now and I’m getting to know the girls a little bit better, they’re getting to know me a little bit better,” she explains.

“There are a lot of new faces, so we’re figuring it out and we’re putting in the hard yards in off the pitch. I can’t wait for the season to start now.”

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