Manchester United goalkeeper Mary Earps is hoping that the Red Devils can build on their second-place finish in the Women’s Super League this season.
Marc Skinner’s side achieved a record points total but still lost out on the title to Chelsea and Earps wants the squad to stay together, whilst adding a couple of additions, so they challenge again next campaign:
“I think it’s been a good season. I think we’ve maxed out on our potential in terms of running Chelsea to the wire. It’s nice that it’s close but we know we’ve got some way to go. I think it’s about us doing it consistently now. We have come so close for a number of seasons but we haven’t quite had the team. Hopefully, we can keep the stars we’ve got and get a couple more and go for silverware.”
United could not have done much more to secure the title, having dropped just twelve points in 22 matches, but the standards that Chelsea set mean that rivals have to be nigh on perfect to wrestle the WSL crown off them.
As Earps points out, after pretty much maxing out their potential this campaign, United will have to do even more if they want to finish top of the pile next May.
United players with contracts that expire this summer
Earps is one of fourteen members of United’s first-team squad whose futures are currently up in the air.
United do have options to extend the stay of Earps, Hayley Ladd, Martha Thomas, Vilda Boe Risa, Hannah Blundell, Maria Thorisdottir, Carrie Jones and Sophie Baggaley for one more season.
However, Alessia Russo and Aoife Mannion could leave in the coming weeks while Ona Batlle is set to join Barcelona.
The futures of Jade Moore, Chloe Williams and Carrie Jones (who have all been out on loan), will also need to be resolved.