Manchester United dealt huge injury blow ahead of their WSL opener

Emma Watson has suffered an ACL injury. Cr. Getty Images
Emma Watson has suffered an ACL injury. Cr. Getty Images

Manchester United have confirmed the devastating news that summer signing Emma Watson has suffered an ACL injury.

The 17-year-old midfielder has been ruled out for a significant period after sustaining the injury in training with Scotland just a day before their 2-1 defeat to the Lionesses at the Stadium Of Light last week.

It's cruel news for the young Scot who had been tipped to make a big impact in the Women's Super League this season after moving to the club from Rangers in the summer.

A league title winner at the age of just 16 with Rangers in 2022, the forward is seen as one of the biggest young talents in Britain and the news of her injury is a significant blow to both club and country.

The teenage midfielder has made a big impact on the international stage, scoring three goals in four games for Scotland since she was handed her debut in a 1-0 win over Australia in April and her performances had caught the eye of Marc Skinner and United who moved to bring her to Carrington upon the expiry of her Rangers contract.

In a short statement on their official website, Manchester United confirmed the injury blow, adding Watson was "currently undergoing treatment and rehabilitation at Carrington with the support of our medical teams".

Everyone at ManchesterWorld sends our best wishes to Emma and hopes to see her back on the pitch as soon as possible.

The Red Devils begin their Women's Super League season this weekend as they travel to the Midlands to take on Aston Villa live on BBC Two.