Man Utd under fire over treatment of women’s team after training ground decision

  • Man Utd criticised for removing women's team from Carrington to make space for men's team
  • Professional Footballers’ Association eyeing talks with club officials over decision
  • Key players also leaving women's team this summer
Ratcliffe is under pressure
Ratcliffe is under pressure / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages

The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) are eyeing talks with Manchester United over the controversial decision to move their women's team into temporary training facilities.

United have signed off on a £50m upgrade of the men's facilities at the Carrington training ground and it was recently revealed that Erik ten Hag's side will be moved into the building specifically constructed for the women's team while the work is carried out.

The women's outfit have been assigned temporary portacabins while the men's team make use of their facilities next season.

According to The Athletic, the PFA have been made aware of "growing discontent" relating to United's treatment of their women's team.

Previous reports have suggested that there are concerns within the women's squad that they are not seen as important in the eyes of the owners, including Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who recently admitted he had not given much thought to the future of the women's team since his arrival earlier this year.

Katie Zelem
United won the Women's FA Cup last season / Visionhaus/GettyImages

This is not a new issue at United. Members of the women's team contacted the PFA in 2021 amid concerns over the conditions in which they were expected to work and the level of commitment from those in charge.

The PFA are prepared to step in once again during a summer of upheaval which has seen United lose a number of key players.

Captain Katie Zelem has departed on a free transfer, as has Lucia Garcia, while star goalkeeper Mary Earps is closing in on a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

United won the Women's FA Cup last season and manager Marc Skinner was handed a new contract in May, but the team fell to their worst WSL finish since 2019 as they tumbled out of the title race and down to fifth in the standings.