Manchester United are coming under pressure to introduce a women's team.
While the other heavyweights of English football - Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton â€“ all boast highly-performing ladiesâ€™ sides, United have not had a womenâ€™s team since 2005, when club bosses decided to concentrate their funds on youth development instead.
One Reds supporter â€“ 67-year-old retired headteacher Graham Pheby â€“ has raised a petition with the aim of persuading club chiefs and new manager David Moyes to consider restarting the womenâ€™s team.
Pheby told the Manchester Evening News: "United are conspicuously absent from the fast developing phenomenon of womenâ€™s football. FC United of Manchester, even with their limited resources, have a womenâ€™s team so it doesnâ€™t make sense that United havenâ€™t got a team.
"The United girls academy is very good but itâ€™s a real shame that they have to leave at 16 and potentially sign for another club such as City or Everton."