Manchester United confirmed the acquisition of Spanish World Cup champion Irene Guerrero from Atletico Madrid on Thursday, as they aim for their inaugural Women’s Super League title. The 26-year-old midfielder marks United’s sixth signing since finishing as runners-up in the WSL and losing the FA Cup final to Chelsea last season.
Guerrero played a part in Spain’s victory over England in the World Cup final in Sydney last month. “I am extremely delighted and consider myself very privileged to be here,” Guerrero expressed. “I take great pride in being part of the Manchester United family and am eager to achieve all our objectives together.”
Manager Marc Skinner stated, “Irene is a World Cup winner whose caliber is a fantastic addition to our team. Her wealth of experience, both domestically and internationally, will be invaluable as we pursue success in the various competitions we’ll be facing this season.”
Skinner has undertaken a significant revamp of his squad, bringing in Hinata Miyazawa, the top scorer of the World Cup, as well as Gemma Evans, Geyse, Emma Watson, and Evie Rabjohn. However, United experienced the departure of England striker Alessia Russo to rival team Arsenal on a free transfer and now confront the challenge of retaining their standout goalkeeper, Mary Earps.
Earps, a standout figure in the Lionesses’ journey to the World Cup final, earned the Golden Glove award for being the best goalkeeper of the tournament. Arsenal has also expressed interest in Earps, who has one year remaining on her contract with United.