INEOS in hot water after latest decision with PFA now involved after being ‘made aware of concerns’

INEOS have got themselves into hot water with their latest decision to cast Manchester United’s women’s team into the shadows at Carrington in order to prioritise the men’s first-team.

It was revealed on Wednesday that Marc Skinner’s squad have been prohibited from using their £11 million training facility, which was specifically built for them and the academy, for the entirety of the 2024/2025 season while £50m infrastructure work begins on the men’s building.

As such, the women will be left using temporary portacabins for team meetings, changing rooms, office work and as a communal meeting area.

It comes after Sir Jim Ratcliffe opted to watch Erik ten Hag’s men take on Arsenal in one of the final Premier League matches of the term over watching the women’s FA Cup final at Wembley last month, which saw the Reds claim their first-ever major trophy after defeating Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 in front of a record-breaking 77,390 fans.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 12: Katie Zelem of Manchester United lifts the Women’s FA Cup Trophy after the team’s victory at Wembley Stadium on May 12, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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Ratcliffe in hot water with the United faithful

During a recent interview assessing his first six months as co-owner and detailing plans for the future, Ratcliffe admitted he hadn’t given much – if any – thought as to how he can aid United Women’s development.

“We haven’t gone into that level of detail with the women’s football team yet,” the INEOS CEO confessed. “We’ve been pretty much focused on how do we resolve the first-team issues, in that environment, and that’s been pretty full-time for the first six months.”

Therefore, it came as no surprise when the club confirmed that key players such as Nikita Parris, Lucia Garcia and even academy graduate and club captain Katie Zelem would be parting ways with United this summer. Can you blame them?

Now, The Professional Footballers’ Association has been called upon to intervene after being ‘made aware of concerns’ from members of the women’s squad for the second time in the last three years. Players last reached out in 2021 in hopes of improved conditions being implemented.

Charlotte Harpur and Adam Crafton’s report states: “The Professional Footballers’ Association are ready to seek conversations with Manchester United after being made aware of growing discontent regarding the club’s management of their women’s team.”

Read it in full here.

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