Manchester United Women have confirmed that they will play at Old Trafford for the first time in their history next week.
Casey Stoney’s high-flying United are moving from their Leigh Sports Village base for the Women’s Super League clash with West Ham on March 27 – the same day Spurs Women host the north London derby against Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The 11.30am kick-off will be a historic moment for United Women as they step out at Old Trafford for the first time, albeit in front of empty stands due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19.
“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,” United boss Stoney said.
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“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.”
Old Trafford will host the opener of next year’s Women’s Euros and United chief operating officer Collette Roche said they are “thrilled” to be hosting Stoney’s side there this month.
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“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,” she said,
“We would have loved for fans to able to be there to witness this moment, but that time will come.
“For now, our preparations are in full swing as we set the stage to host our match with West Ham United next week.”