Casey Stoney admits it was ‘bittersweet’ seeing Man Utd play at Old Trafford with fans

Former Manchester United manager Casey Stoney described it as “bittersweet” watching the team play in front of fans at Old Trafford last month, having led a game behind closed doors last season.

United enjoyed a historic evening in front of over 20,000 fans at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ at the end of March, coming from behind to beat Everton and maintain their challenge to finish in the top three in the WSL and qualify for the Champions League. .

Exactly a year earlier, Stoney’s United had played at Old Trafford. But Covid-19 restrictions at the time ensured it had to be played without fans in the stadium.

Stoney, who was United’s first manager when the team reformed in 2018, resigned at the end of the season. The news came as a surprise at the time, but also came amid reports of growing tension between her and the club, particularly over training facilities.

The former England captain is now in charge of the NWSL club San Diego Wave in the United States, but has insisted she still has strong feelings for her former players.

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