Marc Skinner is officially Manchester United’s new manager. The news comes after rumours had been swirling for several weeks that the former Orlando Pride head coach would be the one to replace Casey Stoney.
United will not be Skinner’s first job in England, he was previously Birmingham’s head coach before he made the jump to the NWSL.
Skinner’s time at Birmingham saw the Blue’s go through an impressive transition despite a slightly shaky beginning. Birmingham reached the 2017 FA cup final and finished fourth in the WSL in the 2017/18 season. The 2018/19 season again brought good results before Skinner’s departure in January of 2019.
From Birmingham, Skinner made the move to the NWSL to lead Orlando Pride. Again, the results took a while to materialise. The beginning of the pandemic cut the Pride off just as they seemed to be finding a run of form. Skinner proved once again however that he is a coach capable of getting the best out of his team in the 2021 season before his departure back to England.
Skinner’s arrival in Manchester comes on the back of several significant signings for United. Fans may need to give their new coach time to settle in with both a new club and league to contend with. Yet, Skinner has already proven his ability to take teams to the next level.