Manchester United have announced that goalkeeper Safia Middleton-Patel has signed her first professional contract with the club.
The 18-year-old shot-stopper of Indian origin has been with United since the age of 15 and was part of the clubs Under-21 WSL Academy League and cup-winning side last season, before stepping up to the first team.
Safia becomes the 10th Academy graduate to sign for our women’s first team since it reformed in 2018.
Safia Middleton-Patel said, “I’m over the moon to sign professionally with Manchester United. It’s a surreal moment for me and my family.”
“I have to say a massive thank you to all the staff – everyone has been amazing with me throughout my journey to get here.”
Marc Skinner said, “Safia has made excellent steps for both club and country on her journey to this first professional contract – having been involved with both our United first team and the Welsh senior national side.”
“We are delighted to see her sign professionally with us and look forward to seeing her progress over the coming years.”