Man United beat rivals to World Cup golden boot winner Hinata Miyazawa

Manchester United beat Liverpool to the signing of World Cup golden boot winner Hinata Miyazawa… as they swoop ahead of their rivals for the Japan star after missing out on Brazil forward Kerolin

  • Hinata Miyazawa scored five goals in as many games at the World Cup 
  • Liverpool were frontrunners to sign her before Man United swooped in 
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Manchester United have signed World Cup golden boot winner Hinata Miyazawa after beating off competition from Liverpool.

United moved quickly to secure the Japan international, who scored five goals in five games at this summer’s World Cup.

Liverpool had been the frontrunners to sign the 23-year-old but United swooped in after failing to sign Kerolin from North Carolina Courage. United are likely to return for the Brazilian forward in January, with the American club unwilling to sell her before their season finishes in November.

Miyazawa becomes United’s fifth signing of the summer, joining Brazilian forward Geyse, youngsters Emma Watson and Evie Rabjohn and defender Gemma Evans.

‘I am truly very happy to be part of this wonderful family and this great team,’ Miyazawa said. ‘I am really looking forward to getting started and hope my style of play will excite our fans.’

Manchester United have signed Japan’s World Cup golden boot winner Hinata Miyazawa 

Miyazawa (centre) scored five goals in as many games as they were knocked out in the quarter-finals

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United boss Marc Skinner added: ‘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 are still pursuing other targets and Mail Sport understands they are looking to bring in a goalkeeper before the window closes, regardless of whether they manage to keep hold of Mary Earps.

The Lionesses’ shot-stopper is wanted by Arsenal, who have had multiple bids rejected, but United are adamant she is not for sale.

Earps has one year left on her contract, meaning United risk losing her on a free transfer if they fail to tie her down to a new deal.

Marc Skinner’s (left) side pipped Liverpool to the signing of the 23-year-old forward

United failed to sign Brazilian Kerolin but will likely go back for her in January 


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