Manchester United criticised by MP for having no women's team

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Manchester United have been criticised by Sports Minister Tracey Crouch over the club's lack of a women's team.

"It is incredibly disappointing that one of the biggest clubs in the world doesn't have a ladies' football team," the MP for Chatham and Aylesford was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.

United's rivals Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are all represented in the Women's Super League, with Louis van Gaal's side a notable and surprising absence in this part of the game.


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Sunderland and Arsenal currently lead the way in this year's Super League Division 1, both on 18 points after nine matches. The season is set to finish at the start of October.

There has been a significant increase in attendance figures in the women's game since this summer's World Cup in Canada - some team's even seeing their home gate more than double.

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The most impressive attendance came on August 1 as over 30,000 fans were at Wembley to see Chelsea defeat Notts County in the final of the FA Women's Cup.

In comparison, last year's final between Arsenal and Everton drew up a crowd of only 15,000 at Stadium:MK with both semi-finals also attended by fewer compared to this year.

Crouch went on to add: "They have an excellent centre for girls but don't translate that into a ladies' team. At a time when there is phenomenal interest in women's football, they should try to rectify that as soon as possible."

No plans to re-introduce women's team

The Old Trafford outfit are the only side in the Premier League without a ladies team and have said they have no plans to re-introduce their women's team after it was disbanded in 2005.

The club's kit manufacturer Adidas have been forced to defend the low-cut neckline on their 2015-16 season women's shirt which has been branded as 'sexist' by some.

United begin their league campaign on Saturday against Tottenham Hotspur, a 12:45pm kick off live on Sky Sports.

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