After winning the 2018/19 FA Women’s Championship in incredible fashion, scoring a ridiculous 98 goals in the process, much is expected of Casey Stoney’s Manchester United side in their first FAWSL campaign.
Having been dealt a tough hand, playing last year’s top two in their opening two matches, they started with two losses but have since climbed to 4th place thanks to three consecutive wins with three clean sheets.
While it’s only be five games into the new season, it might be worth looking into this Manchester United side and asking whether they can sustain this form and establish themselves as the 4th best team in the division – or possibly even turn the big three into the big four.
There’s plenty of reasons for United to be optimistic about their chances, particularly as Birmingham City, who finished 4th by some distance last season, are off to a slow start after an overhaul in the summer. It seems it’s opened the league up and created a pack of teams that will all be eyeing up 4th place – which is pretty much the best of the rest title given how strong the top three are.
So, are Manchester United good money for the ‘best of the rest’ title or is their current form unsustainable?