Manchester United Women boss Marc Skinner on team’s improvement, England Women prospects and January transfers | Football News

With 2022 just around the corner, Marc Skinner talks about Manchester United women’s improvement, England women’s prospects and January transfers with Sky Sports News’ Anton Toloui.

Skinner joined United in July, taking over from Casey Stoney after two successful years in the Women’s Super League. Having helped revolutionize women’s football in Birmingham, the manager came with a lot of experience.

After ten games, United are fourth during the winter break, two points behind third Tottenham and a place in next season’s Champions League. Although they have won 50% of Barclays FA Women’s Super League matches, the performances in three draws and two defeats leave Skinner and United with a lot to work on.

The manager said Sky Sports News: “I think we have a lot of good players, but the best teams win. We are trying to build a culture here where the team is the most important thing and not the individual. Individuals shine and show their qualities but for us, we want to build that union in which everyone wants to work for everyone.

“It’s a real shame because other results sometimes ruined the performances, sometimes. We didn’t get excellent results in all the games, but in most of the games we were at the top and we weren’t as ruthless as we were meant to be. I want to remind this group is to be ruthless in both boxes. “

Indeed, only the WSL top two – Arsenal Women and Chelsea Women – have scored more goals than Man Utd (19 – tied with Manchester City Women), but conceded 13, which is by far the most teams in the Top five.

Of course, with 2022 just a few days away, the January market is on the horizon. With the National Women’s Soccer League in the United States currently in between seasons, players can look to play in the WSL to maintain their fitness. Skinner also knows the league well, having coached at Orlando Pride for two and a half years.

He said: “We are trying to be active in this window if the right players come out that match the type of performance level, as well as the good personality. I want this team to be so close-knit.

Marc Skinner has been in the United States for two and a half years and knows the American market well

“I understand the American market, it’s something I’ll definitely look at when we try to recruit, but he has to be the right person and it has to be the right time.

“I feel there are so many untapped talents in the women’s game that you can look and say ‘she can be really talented in a different environment’ and that’s the beauty. As our game grows more across Europe and across England , even players in the league, there will be players who can come forward, they just need the opportunity to do so.

“We have expanded our network and then we will shrink. In the next few weeks, we will tap into whoever we want, but we will be rigorous and laser-focused on the right people in this window. If they are available, we have been given the support of the company to fetch. the players who in our opinion can make a difference. “

Off to England

Alessia Russo scored England's fastest women's hat-trick against Latvia last month
Manchester United striker Alessia Russo scored England’s fastest ever hat-trick against Latvia last month

Skinner already has many emerging talent on his Manchester United squad. Ella Toone and Katie Zelem made their England debut this year, with Mary Earps and Alessia Russo included in the latter teams.

The Lionesses have a new manager in Sarina Wiegman, and Skinner hopes other plays on her squad – including Aoife Mannion, Millie Turner and Hannah Blundell – can draw attention ahead of a home European Championship next summer.

“I hope so [players will be called up] because I feel they have shown their qualities, “said the United manager.

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The highlights of the women’s Super League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa

“We will probably only have two trainees during the international period, but then it would be a great individual development program.

“I just wanted consistency. If you look at our defensive line, with Aoife, this is the first season he has played consistently for a long time. If you look at the 90s. [minutes] now it’s piling up, Aoife is getting back into the player I knew and understood in Birmingham.

“I have kept pushing home that if Hannah keeps her standards and keeps pushing, she should definitely be regarded as someone who is in and around Sarina’s ideas. I will never impose that on the national team manager and she is always watching,” which is great.

Aoife Mannion
Aoife Mannion may also be close to calling England in 2022

“Then we have Kirstie Smith coming back, Martha Harris too. So it’s a really competitive group once we can get them all in and healthy. internal team because it brings out the best in them.

“If Manchester United are going to produce what we want to be where we want to be – Champions League, winning titles and cups, we need to have the depth and the challenge within the team.

“We hope to be able to develop our players in that international fold, but we still have to recruit and strengthen our team so that we can compete at all levels.”

Skinner finally home for Christmas

2021 marks the first year Skinner has worked in the UK since moving to Orlando in 2019. This will mean more time with his family and no back and forth flights across the Atlantic.

“We were always home for Christmas, but it almost felt like an impromptu visit,” Skinner muses. “This will be the first time in two years that I will be able to spend time with my parents. It will be something fantastic to have. We are human too, we don’t just run football teams, so it will be good to see family.

“It’s great now that my daughter is aware of Christmas, so it’s great to experience Christmas together. Even as simple as watching a good Christmas movie, snuggled up with your family is my idea of ​​heaven.

“I can’t wait. We’ll sit back, stay safe and stay in a tight-knit bubble and enjoy our Christmas together. I hope all of our fans continue to do so too.”

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