Much was expected of England international goalkeeper Mary Earps when she completed a move to newly-promoted Barclays FA Women’s Super League side Manchester United last summer.
The 27-year-old Nottingham-born stopper joined United following a frustrating spell with German giants VfL Wolfsburg in which she made just a handful of first team appearances.
With Earps close to completing her first season at the Leigh Sports Village, we look at the facts and figures behind her performances to see just how she is getting on with her new club.
In the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, Earps has been an ever-present for Casey Stoney’s side. In her 14 league outings, she has kept five clean sheets. Should she complete one more league game this season, she will have played more league minutes in the 2019/2020 campaign than in any other season in her career to date.
Earps has also been used as the first goalkeeping option for manager Stoney in both domestic cups. She was fielded as United were defeated 3-2 by Manchester City in the Women’s FA Cup fourth round in January while she has played in four of her side’s six ties in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup. The keeper was rested for the 11-1 victory over second tier side Leicester City at the Leigh Sports Village and the almost dead rubber final group game at Birmingham City. In the FA Women’s Continental League Cup, Earps has been victorious in 75% of her games, a 1-0 home defeat in the semi-final being the only negative.
This season has probably not been Earps’ very best, she will perform even better for United in coming years, but she is already building her legacy at the Leigh Sports Village.