Manchester United's Women Win First Championship
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Manchester United had received their fair share of criticism for their reluctance to create a women's team. However, after a 13-year absence, the team was put together in the summer of 2018. Their 7-0 win over Crystal Palace last weekend cemented their first title success and will see them playing in the Women's Super League next season against the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea.

It is highly regarded that there are important factors that the United women's team will bring to the game; mainly attracting a bigger audience due to the size of the club, so they will be a welcome addition to the WSL.

The decision to disband the women's team in 2005 was not received well; as the FA were quick to state that the women's game would only grow with the participation of the biggest clubs in England.

When the club announced in March 2018 that they would be returning to the women's game; they vowed that they would build a team in the same image that has made the men's team so popular. That decision seems to have started with a flourish judging from this seasons results.

The appointment of Casey Stoney as the manager was a clear indicator that United weren't just there to participate. The former England captain had won 130 caps for her country and led the Great Britain team in the 2012 Olympic Games.

She got off to the perfect start with a 1-0 win over Liverpool in the Continental Tyres League Cup, before a 12-0 win on the opening day of the season against Aston Villa put down a marker to what the team were planning to achieve.

They have won 17 out of their 19 league fixtures; with their only defeat of the season coming against Durham in December. Furthermore, they highlighted their ability to compete with the best in the WSL by reaching the semi-finals of the League Cup and the quarterfinals of the FA Cup.

Much like the famous men's teams from yesteryear, there is a clear sign that the women's set up wants to create a youthful squad that can dominate for years to come. Excluding Amy Turner, Alex Greenwood and Siobhan Chamberlain; the remainder of the team is aged under 25-years-old.

Stoney will likely be given resources this summer to strengthen her squad further. However, it could take a few years before United can compete with the leading teams in the WSL such as Arsenal and Manchester City. The latter of which will be competing in the upcoming FA Cup final against West Ham at Wembley; it is expected that this fixture will break the attendance record for a women's game. This just highlights that women's football is only increasing in popularity.

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