Manchester United women prepare fro put on a show at the Theatre of Dreams – Man United News And Transfer News


Manchester United girls will make historical past tomorrow as they tackle Everton at Outdated Trafford for the primary time in entrance of followers.

For this group of women it’s one thing they might by no means have imagined. Goalkeeper Mary Earps as soon as spoke of getting to cease taking part in soccer as a result of she was a lady, now she options on a banner adorning the entrance of the Theatre of Goals, overlooking the statue of Sir Matt Busby.

“Did I dream of being on an image on the entrance of Outdated Trafford?” Earps mentioned to The Athletic. “No as a result of it was simply by no means going to be doable.”

As a toddler captain Katie Zelem as soon as stood on the centre circle at Outdated Trafford, holding the straps of the Champions League banner as the lads’s workforce got here out onto the pitch. Now she sits upon a throne on that very same banner and can lead out the workforce in entrance of followers at Outdated Trafford.

“Again then I by no means would have imagined that 15 years down the road, I might be taking part in at Outdated Trafford,” says Zelem.

Zelem was a part of the United youth set-up however was compelled to discover a new membership at senior degree as United didn’t have a workforce on the time.

New signing Diane Caldwell, who came visiting from Eire to do the stadium tour of Outdated Trafford when she was a child, appreciates that the ladies are representing extra than simply United on the weekend. With the match being proven on Sky Sports activities, they’re additionally representing girls’s soccer as an entire.

“You will have a little bit of stress being within the huge stadium, on dwell TV, to showcase the ladies’s recreation as a result of we’re being scrutinised.”

“Folks will say, are they adequate to be within the stadiums? Are they adequate to be on dwell TV? You simply must relish it as a result of a number of gamers haven’t been given that chance.”

The workforce have performed beforehand at Outdated Trafford, beating West Ham 2-0 there, however Covid restrictions had been in place which means followers couldn’t attend. Because the Athletic studies, it was not picked for TV and MUTV had used their 3 recreation allocation however on Sunday, the followers will likely be there and will probably be televised. Feelings will likely be operating excessive.

“Now I look again on it,” says Earps, “it was the proper preparation for the sport that now we have on Sunday. It doesn’t really feel fairly as huge. It feels huge however it feels extra acquainted.”

This time round, the Barmy Military will be capable to assist the workforce from the stands as they’re located in J stand, the standing part of Outdated Trafford. Earps referred to the core fan group as “The center of Manchester”.

The supporters group will meet on the Bishops Blaize earlier than the match.

Permitting the workforce to placed on a present on the Theatre of Goals is a bid to extend the fan base and get these new faces following the ladies at house in Leigh as properly.

The founding father of the Barmy Military, Natalie Burrell advised The Athletic, “If we are able to get an additional couple of thousand, that would be the impression. That’s what I’m excited for, to get a load of recent followers concerned.”

Burrell continues, “I’m pondering long run about how we are able to get individuals approaching the buses and begin following the ladies extra usually at Leigh.”

The United skipper agrees. “It’s actually essential to make Leigh a fortress. We wish to set the proper tone in order that once you come to Leigh it’s a extremely tough recreation.”

As momentous because the event is on Sunday, the significance of staying targeted and successful the sport isn’t misplaced on the Reds.

They at present sit in third within the league however Metropolis are actually degree on factors. Champions League Soccer is at stake.

Outdated Trafford will host the opening England recreation of the Euros in summer time the place Zelem is hoping to be part of that Lionesses squad.

“The Euros is a big purpose for lots of people in our workforce and it’s one thing that all of us must attempt to work for.”

“You solely get chosen for England when you’re performing in your membership.”

United will likely be seeking to beat the Toffees on the history-making day at Outdated Trafford and hold Champions League soccer firmly of their sights.

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