Premier League giants Manchester United have confirmed they are finally forming their first-ever professional women’s team.
The announcement was made on United’s official website on Thursday.
Clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool all have women’s teams who compete in both local and international competitions.
Old Trafford chiefs have now applied for an FA licence to take the historic step of launching their own women’s side who would however feature in the second division of the Women’s Super League (WSL).
A statement on United’s website reads: “Manchester United has submitted an application to the Football Association to establish a professional women’s team in the second tier of the Women’s Super League.
“If successful, the move would provide a career pathway for players who graduate from the long-established and highly successful Girls’ Regional Talent Club, which has seen some 15 of its graduates playing international football this season alone.
“The squad would be based at the club’s historic training centre at The Cliff.”
Announcing the move, United’s vice-chairman Ed Woodward said: “We are pleased to announce that the club intends to establish its first ever professional women’s team and has submitted an application to enter WSL2.
“The FA has provided excellent support through the process and we believe that launching a team in WSL2 would give many more of our graduates from the Regional Talent Club the chance to establish themselves as first-team players.
“The Manchester United women’s team must be built in the same image and with the same principles as the men’s first team and offer academy players a clear route to top-level football within the club.”