Manchester United consider St. George's Park as temporary women's training base


Manchester United are considering using St. George’s Park as a temporary training base for their women’s team after the men’s team relocated to the women’s building during renovation work at the club’s main Carrington training base.

The Athletic reported last month that United men’s team will use the women’s first-team building during the 2024-25 season, with the women’s squad asked to use portable cabins. The club have provisionally booked the Football Association’s (FA) facilities from July 29 for a period of two to three weeks should they need them in order to cover the period when temporary facilities are put in place at Carrington.

A final decision to conduct a training camp at St. George’s Park — set in the Staffordshire countryside and owned by the FA, which is used by all of England’s national football teams — is, however, yet to be taken as the club are in consultation with players and evaluating the timescale required to assemble the temporary facilities.

Before this solution was proposed, United’s women squad were invited to a video meeting with the club, led by head of women’s football Matt Johnson, late last month in which the club informed the players of the impact of the redevelopment and their future relocation but not all players were able to attend.

United ended the 2023-24 season as FA Cup winners but finished fifth in the Women’s Super League, their lowest finish since winning promotion to the top tier in 2018-19. Manager Marc Skinner signed a one-year contract extension, with the option for a further 12 months, in May.

Several players have also departed in the close-season including goalkeeper Mary Earps, captain Katie Zelem and Lucia Garcia, while Netherlands international Dominique Janssen has arrived on a free transfer.

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