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Mary Earps expected to leave for Paris Saint-Germain

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Manchester United and England No. 1 Mary Earps is set to leave the Reds after five seasons with the club. There has long been a worry that Earps will follow several other United stars out the door, and that appears to be the case with multiple outlets reporting an imminent move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Earps joined United in 2019 after Casey Stoney’s side first gained promotion to the FA Women’s Super League. She quickly nailed down her place as the first-choice goalkeeper in the squad and helped United transform into one of the strongest defenses in England.

In doing so, Earps also earned her place as the No. 1 in the England side under manager Sarina Wiegman, helping her star rise as she put in several dominant performances in the Lionesses’ run to the UEFA Women’s Euro title in 2022 and FIFA Women’s World Cup Final in 2023.

Her performances saw her win a spot in the 2023 WSL Team of the Year, England Player of the Year, the WSL Golden Glove, BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper (which she won in 2022 as well).

Earps won her first, and now only, winner’s medal for United in May as the Reds thrashed Tottenham in the FA Cup Final at Wembley.

Earps’ departure is only the latest in a series of key players leaving United, following in the steps of Alex Greenwood, Lauren James, Jackie Groenen, Alessia Russo, and Ona Batlle. Like many of the others, Earps will leave as a free agent. Her replacement, Phallon Tullis-Joyce, has shown a lot of promise in her limited performances since joining United a year ago, but the biggest worry is over the leadership of the team at the moment.

Interim Head of Women’s Football Matt Johnson has no experience running a team, and Sir Jim Ratcliffe has made headlines this week by focusing on “the first team” rather than the women’s team and moving the side to temporary facilities while the men’s team occupy the women’s building during Carrington refurbishment this season.

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