Manchester United Women have signed World Cup top scorer Hinata Miyazawa to lead their line ahead of the new Women’s Super League season.
The Japan international joins from Mynavi Sendai Ladies in her home country and will hope to fill a gaping hole in United’s front line.
Miyazawa is a big capture after the loss of RussoGetty
The Red Devils lost England striker Alessia Russo to Arsenal on a free transfer during the summer, which was a huge blow considering the forward’s record of 27 goals in 59 games.
Now Miyazawa will be tasked with filling that void, and if the most recent World Cup is anything to go by, she may have a good chance.
Playing off of striker Minami Tanaka on Japan’s route to the quarter-finals, she managed five goals in five games, taking home the tournament’s Golden Boot.
Commenting on her move to the WSL, Miyazawa said: “I am truly very happy to be part of this wonderful family and this great team. I am really looking forward to getting started and hope my style of play will excite our fans.”
Her new manager, Marc Skinner, commented: “Hinata joins our United family having proven her qualities at the highest level.
“As her Golden Boot win at this summer’s Women’s World Cup has shown, she will excite our fantastic fans with her direct style of play and her ability to find the most dangerous spaces. We cannot wait to see her develop even further within our playing squad.”
United finished runners-up in last season’s WSL, just two points behind champions Chelsea but nine ahead of Arsenal.
With Russo now gone and Miyazawa through the door, United’s top priority will be keeping star goalkeeper Mary Earps.
Earps has one year left on her current deal, but after an incredible performance in helping England to the World Cup final, Arsenal reportedly made a world record bid for the no.1.