Lucia Garcia’s departure a worrying start to the summer

With a busy summer ahead of them, Manchester United Women are off to a concerning start.

On Thursday, Emma Sanders of the BBC reported that Spanish attacker Lucia Garcia is scheduled to go for Monterrey, the Mexican champions. After two years with United, during which she made 42 league appearances and scored 11 goals, her contract expires this summer. Despite her great performances under Marc Skinner, she never locked down a starting job, therefore half of her appearances were as a substitute.

Sanders added that Elisabeth Terland, the runner-up for the Golden Boot, is a target for United. However, it’s possible that the top teams in England are also interested in signing the 22-year-old winger, who is out of contract.

After United won the Women’s FA Cup, Skinner agreed to a one-year contract extension with a one-year option. Although it is the first significant trophy in the history of the women’s squad, it was also a flashy technique to hide the poorest league season in the team’s existence.

United came in 15 points short of the UEFA Champions League qualifying spots in fifth place.

Since the beginning of the season, the fan base has been expressing dissatisfaction with the management through a social media campaign and the “Skinner Out” slogan. Garcia might not be the first to depart this summer as a result of the inability to keep important players. Leading scorer Nikita Parris has already been connected to a move to the NWSL, while Katie Zelem and Leah Galton must also make decisions. There is a chance that England No. 1 Mary Earps’ contract choice may be settled, but she still has to make it.

More than any other FA Women’s Super League team, the squad made significant summertime expenditures. It appears that developing a younger team is the main goal. Injuries prevented young players like Emma Watson and Hinata Miyazawa from displaying their potential, and Grace Clinton—another young player with a lot of promise—was nominated for Player of the Season for her achievements at Tottenham. In addition to bringing in Jayde Riviere, Gabby George, and Maya Le Tissier, the squad is replacing its veteran players with younger players.

It’s a sensible strategy, but the manager must finally give them a chance and arrange the team so that they don’t keep giving up points to the league’s top clubs, as they have done this season.

A 6-0 embarrassment against Chelsea on the final day at Old Trafford left many upset about the decision to extend Skinner despite the poor league campaign, and that discontent may only continue if United can’t retain talent or make their hits in the transfer market count.

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