Arsenal’s overlooked dance with Mary Earps: Is Manchester United’s “perfect marriage” on the rocks?
Ah, the world of football, where claims of commitment and loyalty sound as genuine as a used car salesman’s assurance.
Amid a summer rife with transfer rumours and hushed negotiations, a particular story keeps catching our eye. Manchester United’s Mary Earps, a player whose ‘commitment’ to the Red Devils is supposedly rock solid, despite the charm offensive launched by the Gunners.
First things first, let’s pay homage to the wisdom of Manchester United’s women’s team manager, Marc Skinner. Describing the bond between Mary Earps and United as a “perfect marriage”, Skinner, with years of experience at the game, emphasises the undying loyalty the England goalkeeper supposedly feels for the club.
Quoting him verbatim, he stated: “I’ve known Mary a long time. She’s been exceptional for a number of years, so of course we wanted to keep her and build on what we want to do, which is win. Our relationship has been brilliant through this – open conversation and communication, and she’s 100% committed.”
Yes, Marc. We believe every word, especially when it comes to players being ‘100 per cent committed’ to clubs in the face of lucrative bids from rivals they want to join.
Now, lest we forget, United has already let England star Alessia Russo slip through their fingers, directly into Arsenal’s embrace. The World Cup Golden Glove-winning goalkeeper’s situation has a strong resemblance to the Russo saga.
The drama thickens as Earps, the pivotal force behind United’s recent successes, nears the end of her existing contract. And lo and behold, Arsenal have made their intentions known.
With offers believed to surpass the £100,000 record fee for a goalkeeper, it’s evident that Jonas Eidevall sees something extraordinary in Earps. But Manchester United, probably still nursing the sting of losing Russo, have made their position abundantly clear: Earps isn’t for sale.
Well, for now, anyway.
Let’s not overlook a tiny detail here. In spite of all the noise and all the proclamations of ‘perfect marriages’, Earps hasn’t renewed her contract with United.
Maybe she’s just enjoying the suspense or perhaps, and this is just a wild guess, she’s considering her options.
Mary Earps might be ‘fully committed’ to Manchester United at the moment, but football, much like life, is unpredictable.
In the coming months, the saga of Mary Earps will continue to unfold.
Will she continue her ‘perfect marriage’ with Manchester United, or will the allure of North London prove too tempting?
Only time will tell. But one thing is certain – Arsenal’s pursuits are rarely in vain.
And to Manchester United, we prepare to send our commiserations. Losing one player to a rival might be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two looks like carelessness.