Man United boss hopes it becomes impossible for fans not to flock to Women’s Super League clashes

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MARC SKINNER hopes WSL duels will ‘be sunshine in winter’ for fans tempted to swerve video games within the season’s coldest intervals.

A file 6,500-plus crowd is ready to watch the Manchester United gaffer’s stars tackle Reading at Leigh Sports Village right now.

Marc Skinner's side are targeting a top-three finish this season


Marc Skinner’s facet are focusing on a top-three end this seasonCredit: Getty
Man United are due to play Reading in front of a record crowd of more than 6,500 at Leigh Sports Village


Man United are due to play Reading in entrance of a file crowd of greater than 6,500 at Leigh Sports VillageCredit: PA

And it would be the first league sport for either side following the Lionesses’ Euros triumph which was watched by a file 87,912 Wembley crowd.

But among the sport’s followers and influential figures worry excessive attendances at ladies’s video games may dip.

They embody Brighton chief Hope Powell, who spoke earlier this month of the problem of sustaining excessive spectator numbers in the course of the coldest instances of the season.

The former Lionesses supervisor, 52, remembers how crowds rose when England hosted the 2005 Women’s Euros, however then dwindled in the course of the home season.

Skinner, 39, admitted: “Weather can at all times have an effect.

“But I believe as soon as everyone realises from what they’ve watched over the summer season, how sturdy our league is turning into, as soon as they really feel absolutely a part of it, I imagine attending received’t be a selection.

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“There’s a duty on the groups to produce and carry out, to present top quality.

“And on the league to proceed to develop and permit us to put money into expertise, in order that now we have the perfect inside this nation, but additionally for us not to make excuses.

“What’s good about our fans is that we are going to break our file this weekend.

“We’ve offered over 6,500 tickets already, so for us, we’ll break our personal file by way of a sport at Leigh.

“I do know we even have the duty to carry out — our fans love what we do and preserve coming again.

“Of course, we wish to be very profitable, in order that additionally helps.

“With English winters, who is aware of how harsh it might be this 12 months.


“But let’s nearly strive to be the sunshine within the winter, to make certain folks flip up and watch what we’re doing.”

United completed fourth final time period, however go into the brand new season minus Jackie Groenen.

The Dutch midfielder, who made 16 WSL appearances final time period, left on Thursday to be a part of French facet Paris Saint-Germain on a three-year deal.

The Netherlands worldwide described it as a “massive step” in her profession.

The swap for a participant with 92 worldwide caps has left some Red Devils fans dismayed.

But Skinner insists his squad has the “numbers and qualities” to help their prime three push.

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The United gaffer mentioned: “What I’ll guarantee our fans is, though Jackie has left, our plans are larger than this second.

“So, it feeds into the larger and the broader plan going forwards.

“In midfield, we even have extra controlling gamers like Katie Zelem, Hayley Ladd and Jade Moore.

“We even have expressive gamers like Lucy Staniforth, Vilde Boe Risa and Ella Toone.

“So, we are able to combine the best way we construct, the best way we play, the best way we progress — whether or not we play a standard system, or whether or not we play a unique form altogether.

Skinner insists Man United have enough quality midfield players despite the departure of Jackie Groenen


Skinner insists Man United have sufficient high quality midfield gamers regardless of the departure of Jackie GroenenCredit: Alamy

“We have the numbers and the qualities that provide completely different variants so for us, now we have at all times acquired that in thoughts.

“I perceive our fans’ frustration at this second, however now we have loads of gamers which have the chance to step up and present their qualities.

“We had been not anticipating Jackie’s departure to occur — however it was good business for everybody concerned.”

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