Leigh Sports Village stadium is seen before the game Manchester United Women v Lewes Women, Women's Championship football match, Leigh Sports Village, Leigh, UK - 11 May 2019 Photo: Jon Super for The FA

Manchester United sign Swedish full-back to cover recent Greenwood loss

Manchester United have completed the signing of Swedish Under-23 international defender Lotta Okvist according to the club’s official website.

The 22-year-old Pitea-born left-back arrives at the Leigh Sports Village just days after fans’ favourite Alex Greenwood completed a move to European champions Lyon.

Okvist joins United after spending last season with Swedish club Hammarby IF. The length of her contract at the newly-promoted FA Women’s Super League club has been left undisclosed.

The player started her career with hometown club Pitea IF before joining Umea IK. Okvist returned to Pitea for a further spell before moving to the United States where she went on to feature for Orlando Pride. The defender joined Hammarby last summer on deal for the remainder of the Swedish domestic season and Manchester United boss Casey Stoney has clearly been impressed by Okvist’s performances with the player now being handed an opportunity to play in the FA Women’s Super League.

Okvist has represented Sweden at various levels up to Under-23 level. The youngster is yet to make her senior debut for The Blue and Yellows but she will be hoping that the move to Manchester United will allow her to make an impression upon national boss Peter Gerhardsson.

Manchester United boss Stoney could hand Okvist her debut in their FA Women’s Super League opener against Manchester City at The Etihad Stadium next month.

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