Manchester United Women will go in search of our first-ever league victory in the Manchester derby when City are the visitors to Leigh Sports Village in the WSL on Saturday (9 October).
The first women’s derby of the season gets under way at 13:30 BST and the Reds will be hoping we can make some history in the fixture with victory over the Blues this weekend.
We’ve rounded up everything you need to know ahead of the match, below, including ticket availability, team news and more…
HOW TO FOLLOW
There are still a limited number of tickets available for Saturday’s early-afternoon meeting that can be purchased here. Adults are priced at £6, while over-65s and under-16s are £3. Please note that entry is via e-ticket only and all must be bought online, as there will be no tickets to purchase in-person at the turnstiles, on the day of the game.
The match will also be broadcast live on BBC One and the BBC Sport website, with the programme starting at 13:15 BST. We will also have team news, half-time and full-time updates for you via our Official App along with a match report and highlights published there, and at ManUtd.com, following the final whistle. MUTV will also show the extended best bits from the 90 minutes at midday on Sunday.
Marc Skinner has no fresh injury concerns ahead of this weekend’s meeting with City, with a similar squad expected to be available to the one that was for last weekend’s 2-0 victory at Birmingham. Speaking during his pre-match media duties this week, our head coach provided updates on injured pair Kirsty Smith and Martha Thomas who he says will remain sidelined for this fixture, as will Millie Turner who is continuing her recovery from a knee issue sustained earlier this season.
The Reds responded to defeat against Chelsea on home soil, nearly a fortnight ago, with victory at Birmingham City to climb up to fourth in the table last weekend. Prior to the September international break that preceded those two matches, United had won both of our opening league games of the campaign, versus Reading and Leicester City, meaning we can make it four wins from five matches in this season’s WSL, on Saturday. As for the visitors, they have had an uncharacteristically rocky start to the campaign, having lost on each of their last three outings in the competition, against West Ham, Arsenal and Tottenham. They were victorious however, during the midst of that run in the resumed FA Cup. The holders put six past Leicester City at the Academy Stadium in late September to ease their way into the competition’s last four.
As mentioned earlier, the Reds will be targeting a first derby-day win in the league when the sides meet this Saturday. We have beaten City twice over recent years, both in the Continental Cup, while three of our four other duels have come in the league, with the Blues claiming the spoils twice, either side of a high-scoring draw in last season’s instalment of this fixture. We have also faced Gareth Taylor’s side once in the FA Cup, back in 2019/20, with the weekend’s visitors edging an action-packed fourth-round contest 3-2, at Leigh Sports Village.
The Manchester derby is one of six games in this weekend’s round of Women’s Super League fixtures. Here is the schedule in full:
SATURDAY 9 OCTOBER
UNITED v Manchester City (13:30 BST)
SUNDAY 10 OCTOBER
Chelsea v Leicester City (12:30 BST)
Brighton & Hove Albion v Tottenham Hotspur
Reading v Aston Villa
West Ham United v Birmingham City (15:00 BST)
Arsenal v Everton (15:00 BST)
All kick-offs are 14:00 BST unless stated.
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