Manchester United Women are set to play their first ever match at Old Trafford when they take on West Ham at the end of the month.
Since being formed ahead of the 2018/2019 season the club have been playing their home games at Leigh Sports Village and Moss Lane. However, taking advantage of the upcoming international break in the men’s game, the women’s side will get their first taste of the Theatre of Dreams on 27 March.
Head coach Casey Stoney welcomed the news, saying: “Playing at Old Trafford will obviously be a special moment in the history of this team and it’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase the women’s game which has seen huge growth over the last few years.
“We of course will miss our fans, they are such an important part of this club and we have felt their amazing support from afar throughout the season. We are all eager to get them back in the stands as soon as possible and hope that there will be many more opportunities to play at Old Trafford in the future.”
Her words were echoed by COO Collette Roche, who said: “We are thrilled to be hosting our women’s team at Old Trafford. The international break this month created a gap in this season’s relentless programme at the stadium and we all agreed that this was the right time to welcome Casey and her squad to Old Trafford.”
United are enjoying a decent WSL season so far. After 16 games they sit third, six points adrift of leaders Chelsea and four shy of local rivals Manchester City in second. They will be confident of beating West Ham as well. The Hammers are currently rooted to the foot of the table with just eight points from their opening 14 games.