The Women’s Super League will return to motion this weekend when Manchester United and Studying get the 2021/22 marketing campaign underway on Friday.
England’s high flight guarantees one other entertaining season as groups battle it out for silverware, survival, and Champions League soccer. One crew with their sights set firmly on one other WSL title problem is Manchester Metropolis.
GiveMeSport Girls runs by every part you might want to know in regards to the Residents, together with the membership background, star gamers, fan opinion, and our predicted last place come Could.
Man Metropolis’s background
Manchester Metropolis Girls is finest described because the mind little one of Neil Mather – the membership’s Group Officer who would go on to turn out to be the primary ever supervisor of the ladies’s crew.
Their inaugural aggressive season in 1989 noticed Metropolis be a part of the North West Girls’s Regional Soccer League and. Like their male counterparts, the crew endured some robust years earlier than climbing their technique to the highest of their league.
When the Girls’s Tremendous League was based in 2010, Man Metropolis’s utility to affix was initially rejected, however the Sky Blues fought their means into the highest bracket three seasons later. From there, a legacy started.
Metropolis signed the likes of Karen Bardsley, Jill Scott and Steph Houghton in anticipation, and all three trailblazers are nonetheless with the membership at present.
Man Metropolis showcase three Continental Cups, three FA Cups and a WSL title of their trophy cupboard. Their most profitable period got here beneath the reign of Nick Cushing, who left the membership in 2020 after seven years on the hilt.
Former Man Metropolis participant Gareth Taylor changed Cushing and might be gunning for his first ever league title as supervisor this season. He has already added the 2020 FA Cup to the membership’s rising honours checklist.
How did final season go for Man Metropolis?
The Residents got here agonisingly near their second WSL title final marketing campaign.
It was a neck-and-neck battle with Chelsea all through nearly the entire season and Metropolis have been offered with a golden likelihood to grab the wheel from their title opponents.
The 2 confronted one another late on within the season and a win for Metropolis would’ve seen them go high of the desk. After an exciting contest, the match ended 2-2 and a relieved-looking Chelsea remained within the driving seat. If it wasn’t for a last-gasp save of the season contender from Ann-Katrin Berger, Lauren Hemp would have certainly put her facet 3-2 up and brought management of the title run.
But it surely wasn’t to be and Metropolis ultimately completed second, simply two factors behind Chelsea.
Who’re Man Metropolis’s standout gamers?
Manchester Metropolis boast an unimaginable roster forward of the 2021/22 season and look harmful regardless of latest accidents inflicting some concern.
Lucy Bronze not too long ago had surgical procedure after an ongoing downside together with her knee however she is near returning to coaching after constructive rehab. Since re-signing for her former membership from Lyon, Bronze has seemed one among Metropolis’s finest gamers on the pitch.
Her management expertise and no nonsense defending are what makes her the most effective defenders on this planet and she or he’s additionally a fan of becoming a member of the assault – registering two objectives and 5 assists final season.
Caroline Weir is among the WSL’s finest midfielders for a lot of causes. Her artistic play causes an enormous downside for her opponents and she or he is thought for her trademark long-distance objectives that by no means fail to take defenders and goalkeepers without warning.
Weir bagged herself eight objectives and three assists final season earlier than being referred to as up as simply one among two Scots to signify Workforce GB on the Tokyo Olympics. The 26-year-old scored Metropolis’s opening objective of the 2021/22 marketing campaign in a Champions League conflict towards Actual Madrid on Tuesday.
In assault, Lauren Hemp has been turning heads for years now. Beginning off as a teenage expertise to observe, she is now a mainstay in Taylor’s facet regardless of nonetheless being simply 20 years previous.
The teen additionally made the journey to Japan for the Video games this summer season after a profitable season, which included six objectives, eight assists, and one other Younger Participant of the Yr award.
Who’ve Man Metropolis signed this summer season?
Each title contenders from final season have strengthened their respective squads massively*. Metropolis have welcomed 5 new faces by the door because the summer season switch window opened and all the new signings have been head-turners.
Ruby Mace (signed from Arsenal)
Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw (signed from Bordeaux)
Hayley Raso (signed from Everton)
Vicky Losada (signed from Barcelona)
Alanna Kennedy (signed from Spurs)
*For Chelsea’s switch enterprise and a preview of their 2021/22 season, click here.
What do Man Metropolis followers suppose?
“I’m all the time excited for the brand new season to start out however, extra so this 12 months given will probably be the primary time Manchester Metropolis Girls supporters might be allowed again into the stadium since earlier than the lockdown in March 2020!
“Soccer isn’t simply in regards to the 90 minutes on the pitch, it’s additionally the entire soccer household who make the match day expertise.
“Metropolis have strengthened nicely over the summer season with Shaw, Losada, Raso, Kennedy and Mace all bringing their particular person abilities to the squad and with time to gel, the crew are severe contenders for the league while combating for all cup competitions.
“I might like to see Metropolis carry the WSL trophy on the finish of the season and with the signings made, it’s utterly achievable.”
Ultimate place within the desk – Third
It will be one other nail-biting season and Metropolis will throw every part at beating Chelsea for the title. Nonetheless, given the Blues’ immaculate type final time period and their new summer season signings, it is exhausting to see a window the place Emma Hayes will enable her closest rivals to maneuver in.
Arsenal have additionally introduced in some unimaginable new signings* this summer season and with new supervisor Jonas Eidevall on the hilt, it will be a fiery three-horse title race.
Taylor and his Residents might not carry the trophy this season however they’re nailed on for a high three end.
*For Arsenal’s switch enterprise and a preview of their 2021/22 season, click here.
Prime scorer – Khadija Shaw
The Jamaican famous person joins her new membership after profitable the Division 1 Féminine Golden Boot final season with Bordeaux. A whopping 22 objectives noticed her beat Marie-Antoinette Katoto, who received the 2020/21 title with Paris Saint-Germain.
With Chloe Kelly out for the season with an ACL harm and Ellen White additionally sidelined, this could possibly be the proper alternative for Shaw to ascertain herself beneath Taylor and web objective after objective for her new facet.
Participant of the Season – Lauren Hemp
The much-loved winger has received the PFA Younger Participant of the Yr award 3 times already and now appears the time to advertise the younger star.
Hemp’s contribution to Metropolis final season made a huge effect on their WSL end and Champions League run. She has quickly established herself as one of many crew’s most vital gamers.
Teammate Janine Beckie admitted she was most impressed by Hemp on the Tokyo Olympics and the gold medallist is not the primary to wax lyrical in regards to the Norfolk-born ahead.
Man Metropolis’s first fixture of the 2021/22 WSL season will happen towards Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday, September 4th at 13:30 BST.