Marc Skinner: There is no doubt Man Utd will win trophies

Marc Skinner's passion & fire was clear to see after Man Utd defeat
Marc Skinner's passion & fire was clear to see after Man Utd defeat / Clive Rose/GettyImages

Manchester United manager Marc Skinner passionately declared that he has ‘no doubt’ his team will win a trophy in the near future following Sunday’s Women’s FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea.

The 1-0 loss at Wembley due to a single Sam Kerr goal – the second such time that has happened in games between the teams in the space of two months – ensured that Chelsea still remain the only side that United are yet to beat in their five-year history.

United dominated the first half but were unable to get ahead, although Skinner questioned the decision to award a free-kick and not a penalty to his team for a first half trip on Nikita Parris even after it was the subject of a VAR review.

The United boss was unsurprisingly not his usual jovial self after the game. He was visibly disappointed, evoking memories of how deflated he was after a defeat to Chelsea last May that condemned the Red Devils to fourth place in the final WSL table even after twice taking the lead.

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Skinner has seen his team get closer and closer to Chelsea over the course of almost two years in charge, to the point where he is absolutely adamant that finally besting them isn’t far away.

“People can see just who we are,” he said. “Chelsea win, but they spend a lot of money to win. We’re trying to grow something on a different budget. We’re five years old and I believe we’re building that and it’s exciting. I think we can get the better of this [Chelsea] team.”

“We’ve beaten our best-ever points tally [in the WSL], the best of a load of stats in the league, still fighting to win the league – from a team that is five seasons old? That is the fire.

“There is no doubt in my mind that this team will win things. There aren’t many teams that could take Chelsea like that and we’ve done that twice now.”

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