Manchester United Women will play at Old Trafford for the first time, the club has announced.
The Women’s Super League match against West Ham United on 27 March will be staged at the iconic stadium, instead of Leigh Sports Village.
And head coach Casey Stone has described the move as “a special moment” and “a fantastic opportunity” to display the best of the WSL.
“Playing at Old Trafford will obviously be a special moment in the history of this team and it’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase the women’s game, which has seen huge growth over the last few years,” said the England international. “We, of course, will miss our fans.
“They are such an important part of this club and we have felt their amazing support from afar throughout the season.
“We are all eager to get them back in the stands as soon as possible and hope that there will be many more opportunities to play at Old Trafford in the future.”
While Chief Operating Officer Collette Roche revealed how the international break for the men’s game offered a unique chance to offer up the Theatre of Dreams to Stoney and her team.
“We are thrilled to be hosting our women’s team at Old Trafford,” Roche said. “The international break this month created a gap in this season’s relentless programme at the stadium and we all agreed that this was the right time to welcome Casey and her squad to Old Trafford.
“We would have loved for fans to able to be there to witness this moment, but that time will come. For now, our preparations are in full swing as we set the stage to host our match with West Ham United next week.”
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