Man Utd duo pick up monthly awards

Marc Skinner and Leah Galton have been awarded with the Barclay’s Women’s Super League (WSL) monthly awards.

Manchester United duo have a double reason to celebrate ahead of the return of the WSL with Marc Skinner and Leah Galton both picking up awards to honour an excellent December at the club.

Marc Skinner has been announced as December’s Barclays Manager of the Month while forward Leah Galton, has been crowned the Barclays Player of the Month.

Skinner has been recognised following United’s unbeaten month, scoring six times and conceding only once across the two matches. Galton, too, has shone, finding the net at both the Manchester United vs Aston Villa game at Old Trafford, and then in the subsequent derby with Manchester City.

Right back Ona Batlle was also in the frame for the player’s award after having another outstanding month, but was pipped the post by her team mate who claimed it after an excellent December period.

The Red Devils will return to league action this week with a crunch tie against rivals Liverpool at Leigh Sports Village (kick off 14:05) and know a win could lift them back into the top two with title rivals Arsenal and Chelsea facing each other at the Emirates.

United have been credited with interest in both Lisa Naalsund and Jayde Rivivre over the past few days with one report citing a deal is already confirmed for Brann midfielder and Norway international Naalsund.

Head coach Skinner spoke to the press yesterday ahead of the game and while he steered clear of naming the player specifically, he did tell ManchesterWorld: “I don’t talk about individual players. Lucy Staniforth has gone out, so we are looking at a poition in midfield. I promise you that if we do bring a player in, I’ll talk extensively about them.”