Manchester United named Norway international Lisa Nalsund for the third time in the January transfer window following the arrivals of Jade Riviere and Estelle Cascarino at the weekend.
Nalsund joins from SK Brann in her home country and has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with United until the summer of 2026. Only Ella Toone currently has a long-term deal.
The 27-year-old arrives in Manchester in front of two familiar faces in fellow internationals Fieldboy Reisa and Maria Thoresdottir.
United’s head of women’s soccer Polly Bancroft called Naalsund “a sure winner” and a sign of the club’s ambition to “finish the WSL table as high as possible”.
Nalsund herself said, “Manchester United is a fantastic football club and I’m really excited to be here. The club is full of good people and I’m really looking forward to playing in front of great fans. It’s great to come to a club that has everything to play for this season – I love it.”
Meanwhile, United manager Mark Skinner commented, “We are excited to welcome Lisa to Manchester United; where she will bring top-level experience, playing in central midfield. Her mentality, drives from box-to-box and desire to win will continue to add contrast.” She adds skill and quality to the team. We’re looking forward to integrating her into our group.”
Mark Skinner has said more than once in recent months that Manchester are “nowhere near done” when it comes to building a team that can consistently challenge success and the addition of Naalsund is another step in that direction.
United have not limited themselves to home markets and have long had an eye on players from other regions, even if red tape surrounding work licenses and securing GBEs for overseas targets had previously proven frustrating.
Although the key players in United’s strongest squad have been largely unchanged for several seasons, Skinner has been keen to put his own stamp on the squad he inherited from predecessor Casey Stoney in 2021 and this season has seen that in a big way. As many as seven new faces arrived in the summer and three more are now reaching 10 in a relatively short period of time.
The challenge for Naalsund will be to carve out a place in the team. She just recently He worried about the stiff competition In United’s midfield, especially after only a few months of the World Cup in the summer and the problems faced by his compatriot Boy Raisa.
Ultimately, the length of her contract suggests that United are in this contract for the long haul. So even if Naalsund doesn’t appear particularly regularly to begin with as she adjusts to life in the WSL and learns the principles by which the team plays – something Skinner places special importance on – the expectation is that she will It has an important role in the next season and beyond.