Match preview: Lewes v United Women
Manchester United Women are back in action this weekend as we head to the south coast to face Lewes in the quarter-finals of the Vitality Women's FA Cup.
Marc Skinner’s side will be looking to bounce back following a narrow 1-0 loss to Chelsea in the league last Sunday.
With a place in the semi-finals up for grabs, a win would see us better our best-ever finish in this competition so far.
Ahead of a big cup clash, here is the key information, including the team news and a guide to both sides' form prior to Sunday’s lunchtime kick-off...
HOW TO WATCH AND FOLLOW THE GAME
This weekend’s FA Cup encounter will be aired live on the BBC iPlayer, as well as on The FA Player, with kick-off scheduled for 12:30 GMT.
We will be providing team news and match updates in the United App, with a report to follow shortly after the full-time whistle.
We will also have live updates through our women's team's dedicated Twitter account: @ManUtdWomen.
Once again, Skinner expects to have all of his squad available to him for our last-eight clash barring January signing Jayde Riviere. The Canadian full-back is gradually easing into training and is looking "really sharp" according to the boss, who is hopeful that she can join full sessions next week. Fellow winter addition Lisa Naalsund was named on the bench in last weekend’s game against Chelsea but could feature in red for the first time against Lewes.
The hosts are also in good stead heading into the game, setting up an exciting clash for a sell-out crowd.
United come into this fixture having only lost two games in the league so far this season, both at the hands of Chelsea. The most recent of those defeats came last weekend when a Sam Kerr goal was the difference as the reigning champions collected all three points at home.
But Skinner’s side have shown that we can grind out victories on the road, with memorable wins over Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur this campaign, as well as a draw at Man City. On our way to this quarter-final clash, the Reds earned a tough win away against Sunderland in the fourth round, before a 5-0 thumping fifth-round victory over Durham at Leigh Sports Village booked our place in the last eight.
Sunday’s hosts, Lewes, are currently sitting midtable of the Championship with five wins in their 15 league games. They come into the quarter-finals on the back of a defeat to London City last weekend. The south-coast side will, however, be full of confidence after their fifth-round rout of Cardiff City saw them win 6-1 to secure their historical progression to this stage of the FA Cup, for the first-ever time.
Skinner's pre-match press conference | Lewes (A)
Marc Skinner reflects on the Chelsea game before previewing another long away trip, to Lewes in the Women's FA Cup...
This is the first time we’ve gone head-to-head with Lewes since our promotion to the WSL back in 2019. In fact, the Reds signed off our title-winning season against the Championship side with a comprehensive 5-0 win at home, in the final game of our inaugural season.
In December 2018, we faced them for the very first time, at Sunday's venue, The Dripping Pan, and ran out 2-0 winners on that occasion with goals from Mollie Green and Ella Toone.
Looking towards LewesGallery
United Women have been working on the training pitch, ahead of our FA Cup quarter-final clash clash in Sussex on Sunday.
WHO ELSE IS PLAYING?
Our clash with Lewes is one of four quarter-finals on Sunday - here is the last-eight schedule in full...
SUNDAY 19 MARCH
Lewes v UNITED (12:30)
Birmingham City v Brighton & Hove Albion (14:00)
Reading v Chelsea (14:00)
Aston Villa v Manchester City (18:00)
All kick-offs are listed in GMT.
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United Women forward Rachel says the Reds won’t be knocked off course by the defeat at Chelsea.
NEXT MATCH AT OLD TRAFFORD
While the men’s team go on an international break, United Women will be in action at the Theatre of Dreams next Saturday, 25 March, in a vital Women’s Super League match against West Ham United (kick-off 17:30 GMT).
Tickets are priced at just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions. To book your seats and support our push for the WSL title in person, head to manutd.com/tickets.