Manchester United Women appoint ex-Orlando boss Skinner as new manager

Manchester United Women have appointed former Orlando Pride boss Marc Skinner as their new manager, the club announced on Thursday.

Skinner, 38, has signed a two-year deal at United and replaces now San Diego NWSL boss Casey Stoney, who resigned after three seasons at the club.

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"I am excited and proud to become head coach at Manchester United," Skinner said in a statement. "I'm looking forward to working closely with the staff and this talented group of players.

"Our focus is to build on everything they have already achieved in the women's game. It's an exciting opportunity to lead the team into what will be another competitive WSL season; I want us to achieve success together and our aim is to give the fans a team they can continue to be proud of."

Skinner previously coached Birmingham in the Women's Super League before joining Orlando in 2019.

"Marc is a coach with proven pedigree in the WSL and we are delighted he is joining the club and returning to the league after his recent time in the US," United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said.

"Our commitment to the continued development and success of the women's team is total, and we see Marc's appointment, along with the talented squad and players recruited this summer, as key to that process."

United begin their 2021-22 WSL campaign against Reading on Sept. 5.