The United Women squad posing for a photo.

United Women's success is 'a good base for the future'

The title-winning Manchester United Women will be recognised at the club’s annual awards night on Thursday, before playing the final match of an impressive debut season on Saturday evening.

The inaugural Women's Player of the Year accolade will be handed to one of three nominees - Leah Galton, Millie Turner or Katie Zelem. Each member of the squad deserves credit though, and several players from the men's first team have expressed that sentiment while delivering messages of congratulations.

“It’s great what they have done,” Nemanja Matic told us.

Nemanja Matic
Matic has been impressed by United Women's debut campaign.
“It’s never easy to win trophies and leagues. It’s amazing for them and this is a good base for the future.

“Women’s football is improving all over the world, I have watched a few games this season and there are a lot of great players.”

Meanwhile, Lee Grant has been impressed by the feat of winning the league in a debut season.

“They were a newly-formed squad and that’s difficult in any walk of life or sporting environment,”
the goalkeeper observed.
Lee Grant warming up before a match at Old Trafford
Lee Grant feels winning the league was an 'unbelievable' achievement for United Women.
“To come together so quickly and get the results to finish top of the pile is unbelievable, so full credit to the girls.

From what I've seen and heard they've been very strong and consistent throughout the season, so congratulations to all of them.


Anthony Martial added: ”
I think it's really important to recognise the achievement.
Anthony Martial on the ball
Martial hopes United Women can emulate French club Lyon, serial winners of the Women's Champions League.
“In France, women's football is very popular and we've got some top sides. So let's hope United Women will be competing at that level and why not in the Women's Champions League at some stage in the future.”


DESERVED RECOGNITION

Casey Stoney's side are determined to finish the season by beating Lewes Women on Saturday, before lifting the FA Women’s Championship trophy in front of what is expected to be a big crowd at Leigh Sports Village. After that, the squad can look forward to playing in the Women’s Super League next season, competing at a higher level and hopefully progressing even further.
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Casey Stoney being interviewed on MUTV
Casey Stoney is looking forward to Saturday's final match of the season against Lewes Women.
Advance tickets for Saturday’s big game can be bought until 17:00 BST on Friday, either online at www.manutd.com/womenstickets or by phone on 0161 868 8000.

Fans can then purchase tickets on the day at Leigh Sports Village, priced at £5 for adults or £2.50 for under-16s and over-65s.

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