Manchester United Women to play in FA Women's Championship next season

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Manchester United will end a 13-year absence from women's senior football.

MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester United's new women's team will play in the FA Women's Championship next season after their application was accepted by the Football Association of England.

United will end a 13-year absence from women's senior football when they begin in England's second tier next season after being granted a licence by the national governing body.

The team -- which was disbanded in 2005 -- will be based at The Cliff training ground in Salford, with sources telling ESPN FC it is set to be managed by former England international Casey Stoney.

"The board is delighted that the FA has approved the application," United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said.

"The new women's team will build on the success of the Girls' Regional Talent Club and have the same philosophy as all Manchester United sides, creating a pathway from academy to first team.

"We will be making some exciting announcements in the coming days and weeks. Starting a professional team from scratch is challenging but rewarding and we will make every effort to provide the support and experience for the new women's team to be successful and to uphold the fine traditions of our great club."

United had faced widespread criticism for their reluctance to reintroduce a women's team before announcing they would apply for licence in March.

They will play in the Women's Championship alongside Aston Villa, Leicester and Tottenham.

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