England star, Mary Earps, is driving her Manchester United team-mate, Phallon Tullis-Joyce, to get even better, Red Devils boss Marc Skinner believes.

Key Mary Earps Difference Revealed By Man Utd Boss
Key Mary Earps

Tullis-Joyce joined the club in September after shining in the NWSL with the Seattle Reign but has found it difficult to usurp the Lionesses’ No.1 for opportunities.

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The American did start all four of United’s Continental Cup games but Earps was preferred for the clash with second-tier Southampton in the FA Cup last week, a game many thought she would be rested for.

Asked about the competition between the two goalkeepers on Thursday, Skinner praised both – Earps for the standards she sets and Tullis-Joyce for her desire to meet them.

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The Difference

“I recently had a meeting with with Phallon, just to catch up really and just to reiterate the quality she has.

“She’s a fantastic goalkeeper.

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“But she’s also behind the world’s number one goalkeeper.

“That’s the level,” Skinner said.

“The beauty of Phallon is that she wants to raise her game to try and get to Mary’s standard.

“Mary’s difference is in the mind, the way she thinks, the way she moves, the way she prepares.

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“She almost sees the danger before it comes.

“I’m in that fortunate but unfortunate position of having to not play one of them but Mary is at the highest of levels and Phallon wants to get there.

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“I think she understands the journey, I think she understands what she has to do.”

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Tullis-Joyce could well inherit the first-choice role at United later this year as Earps is out of contract at the club and is attracting interest from several parties.

There is still a chance that the England star could stay and sign a new deal, though.

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