United get green light for Reading game in WSL
Manchester United Women's new season will begin this coming Saturday, 17 September at Leigh Sports Village, after the Football Association confirmed that all fixtures under its jurisdiction can resume.
Matches postponed by the FA this past weekend, as a mark of respect following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, included what would have been United's opening game in the 2022/23 season, away to Tottenham Hotspur in the WSL.
Marc Skinner's side will therefore kick off the new term with a home match against Reading at LSV, where an attendance record could be set for a women's fixture there.
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As many as four tournament-winning Lionesses could feature on Saturday, with summer signing Nikita Parris joining Alessia Russo, Ella Toone and goalkeeper Mary Earps in Skinner's ranks.
"Last weekend, English football united together to honour and remember Her Majesty the Queen.
"We would like to express our thanks and gratitude to everyone across our game for their support and understanding as we paid respect to our long-standing Patron of The Football Association, Queen Elizabeth II.
"After a period of pause and reflection for our national game, we can confirm that fixtures will resume as scheduled, including matches from the Barclays Women’s Super League and Barclays Women’s Championship, the Emirates FA Cup Second Round Qualifying, Vitality Women’s FA Cup, the National League System [NLS], Steps 1-6, including the Vanarama National Leagues, the Women’s Football Pyramid [WFP], Tiers 3-7, and all matches across grassroots football in England. Isuzu FA Trophy and FA Youth Cup matches will return this evening.
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"We will be recommending to clubs, leagues and competitions across the country that a minute’s silence is observed before matches are played, and that black armbands should be worn where possible. All flags at Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park will continue to fly at half-mast this week and over the weekend.
"The FA can also confirm that all scheduled football matches will be postponed on the day of Her Majesty the Queen’s funeral on Monday 19 September.
"Our thoughts at this time remain with His Majesty King Charles III, our president, HRH The Prince of Wales, and the whole of the Royal Family."
Tickets for United v Reading in the Women's Super League this Saturday 17 September at 12:00 BST are on sale to all supporters, online via tickets.manutd.com, and hospitality seats are available in shared Executive Boxes.
Coach travel from Old Trafford to Leigh Sports Village can also be booked in advance.