Alex Greenwood has shed light on her return to the Women’s Super League, along with the controversy surrounding her decision.
The England international has penned a three-year deal with English heavyweights Manchester City. She joins the holding FA Cup winners after spending a year with Lyon.
Greenwood joins alongside domestic and international teammate Lucy Bronze. It was a decision the left-back claimed was a ‘no-brainer’.
However, there has been a lot of chatter surrounding her transfer. As the former Manchester United captain, the 27-year-old has come under fire from some fans.
“I’m completely aware of the situation,” Greenwood said. “I understand why people are frustrated. But for me it’s about my ambitions and what I want to achieve.
“Now, my focus is on Manchester City and what I can achieve here.”Embed from Getty Images
The Lioness recently lifted the Champions League trophy with Lyon after their victory over Wolfsburg marked their fifth consecutive title. Greenwood also enjoyed success in the French division and is hoping to achieve similar goals with City.
Teammates Turn Into Rivals
The England star won’t just meet one of her former sides — she is set to meet three.
Alongside the WSL fixtures this season, Man City will also face Everton, Liverpool and Man United in their Continental Cup group.
Despite starting her career at Everton, Greenwood eventually moved to Merseyside rivals Liverpool. From there, she directly joined bitter enemies Man United.
However, the Manchester derby will undeniably be one of the most exciting fixtures. The player herself is already aware that tensions could be high when that day comes.
“Does it motivate me? Probably a little bit,” admitted Greenwood. “It’ll add that little bit of extra buzz.”
Even though a cold reception can be expected upon her return to Leigh Sports Village, the defender has backed her career choices.
“I gave 100% to Manchester United and nothing can take that away from me,” she said.Embed from Getty Images
Indeed, Greenwood spearheaded the Red Devils to a Championship title and promotion to the WSL in their first season. Her success in red started her portfolio of silverware, as she now boasts five major honours.
“I believe I am a better player after leaving France. You can’t walk into that dressing room and come out the same person,” Greenwood reflected. “It was the best year of my football career.
“We won some important trophies and managed to win the UCL which is experience you can’t write. It’s an addictive feeling.”Embed from Getty Images
United have heavily bolstered their squad since Greenwood left in 2019. They will have the likes of Tobin Heath and Christen Press representing them this season.
“I expect nothing less from a club like that – to sign those kind of players,” the full-back said on Casey Stoney’s business.
“It’s the strongest league in women’s football and that’s why we attract such strong players.”
Greenwood will be eligible to play in Sunday’s WSL match against Brighton and Hove Albion.