Both Manchester United and City are immersed in a points battle that determines domestic success as they face off on Sunday
Marc Skinner, Head Coach of Manchester United and Gareth Taylor, Head Coach of Manchester City shake hands prior to derby game at the Etihad (Image: (Photo by Manchester City FC/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)
This Sunday sees Manchester United host Manchester City in the penultimate game of the Women’s Super League season.
The previous derby day ended in a goal-a-piece tie at the packed-out Etihad Stadium in December. Leah Galton gave the Reds the upper hand, her link-up play with Ella Toone got the better of the hosts in the 27th minute. But it was cancelled out at the hour mark when Laura Coombs headed home Chloe Kelly’s cross.“We know what threats Manchester City have, and they’re very good at those. So we have to try and limit them but also know that we can attack that back line as well.
“They’re a very good team, so there’s respect there, but actually on the day, you’re an opponent in our way so the respect has to go out of the window.”
The Reds come into the game after a devastating Vitality Women’s FA Cup result at the weekend, in their 1-0 defeat to Chelsea. Skinner’s side dominated the first half at Wembley in front of a record crowd but Sam Kerr’s finish highlighted a moment of complacency from the Cup final debutants: “We were happy [with the performance] the worst thing about the day was the result. I think it reignited a lot of the things we already knew, which is that we can compete at the highest level,” added Skinner.
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