Mark joined the club from US side Orlando Pride, having spent over two years managing the Florida-based club in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). Skinner has previous experience in the Women’s Super League with Birmingham City, where he held a number of roles before becoming first-team manager in 2016.
Marc Skinner said: “I am excited and proud to become head coach at Manchester United. 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.”
£7m women’s training facility at their Carrington training ground. The building includes gym and rehabilitation areas, changing rooms, kit and boot rooms, a women’s first-team restaurant complete with a live cooking area, analysis and meeting rooms and a players’ lounge.
United believe it has the potential to make more of an impact than any single game – no matter how big – and also provides proof that development work at the club has continued despite the ‘strategic review’ launched by the Glazer family in November which may, finally, be reaching a conclusion.
“We are doing this [strategic review] for a very positive reason, We have real ambition and a plan at United. We want to make sure we attract the right investment to deliver that ambition. We are not standing still in the meantime. Whilst that is in the background, we are obviously continuing to invest in players on the pitch and facilities on it. That is what you can see with this facility. The facility is modern – and provides something akin to the male team, who train in another area of the same site. The women’s team is something we take really seriously at Manchester United,” said Roche. That is why we have backed this facility and we are all behind making sure our women’s team is a success.”
United’s chief operating officer