Manchester United approached Orlando Pride in hopes of appointing Marc Skinner as the head coach of their women’s team, Sky Sports News can confirm.
Originally reported by Sport Telegraph, discussions between the two clubs and Skinner are ongoing.
Casey Stoney resigned her post at United in May and has since been unveiled as the head coach of the new NWSL San Diego squad.
Skinner has been at the helm of Orlando since January 2019, when he left the Birmingham City Women’s Super League squad to move to the United States.
He oversaw significant improvements during his tenure at Birmingham, leaving them as they sat in fourth place behind the women’s Super League heavyweights Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea.
Skinner’s time in the United States has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, with the NWSL on partial hiatus in 2020 when it played in shorter competitions instead of a regular championship season. Pride had finished low in his first season in charge.
But 2021 has turned out more positive for Skinner and the Pride, who currently sit in fifth place after and just three points behind current leader Portland Thorns.
The WSL will be broadcast live on Sky Sports from 2021/22
Air sports announced a three-year deal with the FA to become the main broadcaster for the Barclays Women’s Super League from September 2021.
Being one of the most competitive leagues, with some of the most famous names and teams in the world, the WSL will be one of the Sky Sports’ flagship offers.
The deal will see Air sports broadcast at least 35 exclusively live matches per season and further strengthen the broadcaster’s commitment to women’s sport.