Manchester United Women head coach Casey Stoney answers questions from fans on Instagram

What is the most rewarding part?
I always say winning, because I love winning and I’m a winner. I try to win at everything I do. I think, rewards wise, emotionally, it’s that I get to have a really positive impact on people’s lives: players, fans, staff. I get to lead an incredible group of people and try to improve them on and off the pitch, and when you see that happening and you see them developing, there’s no better feeling.

How do you decide how the players train at the moment, without any games?
We have management meetings twice a week to discuss players. They’ve all got individual programmes they’re committing to and we’ve got WhatsApp groups where they report their training. We’ve got some fun stuff going on in those, too, so we’re staying connected mentally as well. It’s really important that our players feel connected to us as a club and we’re supporting them throughout this period. They’re really motivated players, so it’s not a problem for us.

What’s been your best moment so far as coach of United?
It’s quite an easy one for me: when we won the FA Women’s Championship. More so to see the smiles on the faces of my players and staff, because I knew how much effort, hard work and dedication they’d put into winning it. They deserved it and it was great. It was an amazing moment to be able to share with them. 

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