Manchester United: Megan Rapinoe labels club 'disgraceful' over lack of investment in women's team


Manchester United's 1-0 win over Arsenal this weekend moved them top of the Women's Super League. 

Ella Toone scored the only goal of the game as Casey Stoney's side triumphed over one of the big three for the first time. 

Naturally, there are two ways of looking at United's astronomical rise over the last two years. 

Stoney has done a hugely impressive job, building from the back and bringing in key signings like USWNT duo Tobin Heath and Christen Press. 

Yet the success of the American duo, who were instrumental once again in the victory over Arsenal, has also prompted the attention of Megan Rapinoe. 

The World Cup winner has raised her concerns over United's belated investment in their women's team, 13 years after scrapping the outfit altogether. 

"I think women's football in England is the same as in America - it is so far behind because of what we've had to overcome in the lack of investment," Rapinoe told the BBC. 

"It's 2020. How long has the Premier League been around?

"And we're only just seeing a club like Manchester United put effort and pounds towards a women's team? Frankly, it's disgraceful."



Rapinoe is absolutely correct and while United have latterly taken the decision to invest, the question has to be asked why. 

There is a danger of Premier League clubs seeing their women's teams as a PR stunt to be capitalised upon at opportune moments, such as in the wake of the Women's World Cup last year. 

Liverpool's men's team are a prime example of a side enjoying unprecedented success - courtesy of heavy investment in the first team - in the same season that the Reds were relegated from the Women's Super League. 

But for United, perhaps it's a case of better late than never and the wider club's off-field decisions shouldn't detract from Stoney's work. 

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