Man Utd sign France international Estelle Cascarino on loan

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Estelle Cascarino is Manchester United's second acquisition of the winter window
Estelle Cascarino is Manchester United's second acquisition of the winter window / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages

Manchester United have completed the loan signing of France international Estelle Cascarino.

The 25-year-old defender joins the WSL high-flyers from French giants Paris Saint-Germain for the second half of the 2022/23 season.

Cascarino, whose twin sister Delphine won the Champions League with Lyon last year, only made four starts for PSG in the first chunk of the campaign and joins a United side with ambitions of a maiden top-flight title.

She originally played alongside her sister at Lyon before arriving at the club's French rivals PSG in 2021 via spells at Paris FC and Bordeaux. Despite missing out on the France squad which reached the semi-finals of last summer's European Championships in England, Cascarino has won five caps for her nation and will have ambitions of a role in this year's World Cup finals.

"I am so happy and excited to be here," Cascarino told the club upon her unveiling. "I want to grow as a player and a person, and help the team win trophies. On the pitch I am a fighter and like to help the team in both attack and defence. I cannot wait to get started here in England."

Manchester United's manager Marc Skinner was full of praise for his new recruit, who follows the arrival of Canadian international Jayde Riviere this winter.

"We played against Estelle in the Toulouse Cup in the summer, and it was clear to see what she can add to our group," the 39-year-old said.

"Estelle will add quality and versatility both in and out of possession. She can play in midfield or central defence with excellent technical ability and a calmness that is inherent of a player who trusts in her own ability. We’re looking forward to working with Estelle, as we build a highly competitive, forward-thinking team."

Head of women's football at the club, Polly Bancroft, echoed Skinner's sentiment: "Estelle is a proven winner who can offer our team key positional options, as we push towards a strong finish to the second half of the season. Her experience will no doubt prove invaluable to the group and we are delighted to welcome her to United."

Manchester United travel south to face Reading in the WSL on Sunday afternoon with their defence bolstered.