Preview: United Women v Tottenham

Thursday 18 April 2024 11:57

Manchester United Women are back in Barclays WSL action this Sunday (21 April), with Tottenham Hotspur the visitors to Leigh Sports Village.

This weekend’s clash is set to be a preview of the upcoming Adobe Women’s FA Cup final, after both clubs were victorious in the semi-finals last time out.

For United, the meeting with Spurs is the first of our final four league games this season and, below, you can find everything you need to know ahead of it, in this comprehensive match preview...
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Supporters can tune into live radio commentary of Sunday’s 12:00 BST kick-off via MUTV, and the United App.

Rolling coverage, including the team news, regular in-game updates and post-match reaction, will also be available via our app and website, where you will be able to find highlights from midday (BST) on Monday.

Fans in the UK and certain international territories can watch the encounter live on The FA Player. More information on if the fixture is being shown in your country is available here.


A limited number of tickets are available for this Sunday’s fixture at Leigh Sports Village are available and can be purchased here.

The match will be our penultimate home fixture of the season, with the last being our final-day showdown with Chelsea at Old Trafford. Tickets for that meeting, in M16, are also on sale via our ticketing site.


Marc Skinner is expected to provide an update on the availability in his squad when he conducts his pre-match media duties on Friday.

Full-back Jayde Riviere has missed our last two matches through injury but, ahead of last weekend’s win over Chelsea, Skinner said that Riviere’s pain had subsided as she bids to make a return to action.

As for Tottenham, on-loan midfielder Grace Clinton cannot play against her parent club, although we could come up against two familiar faces, in former Reds Amy James-Turner and Martha Thomas.

Thomas, Molly Bartrip and Barbora Votikova all returned from spells on the sidelines during last weekend’s cup semi-final win over Leicester, in which the former scored an extra-time winner.

Riviere has been out of action since last month's Manchester derby, away at City.

As mentioned above, Sunday’s visitors are also riding the crest of a cup-final wave, having advanced from the last-four stage on Sunday.

Spurs came from behind to beat Leicester City 2-1, after 120 minutes, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, keeping alive Swedish head coach Robert Vilahamn’s hopes of winning silverware in his first season at the club.

In the league, the north Londoners are just inside the top half, occupying sixth position in the table with 25 points from 17 games.
Ex-Reds striker Martha Thomas netted a 118th-minute decider in last weekend's semi-final.


Following last weekend’s inaugural success against Chelsea, United now have just one loss in our last six outings across all competitions.

Skinner’s side have not lost on home soil since before the turn of the year, either, as we prepare to host Spurs.

Our opponents also come into the game with some positive momentum, having won each of their last four matches. 

Vilahamn’s team have not been defeated away from home to a team outside of the WSL’s current top three (Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal) in 2023/24, and are likely to provide tough opposition on Sunday.


A positive omen for the Reds may be the history of the fixture, which sees the Reds unbeaten in the 11 previous meetings with Spurs.

Next month’s FA Cup final will be the clubs’ first-ever clash outside of league competition, with United and Tottenham previously facing off nine times in the WSL and twice in the 2018/19 Championship season, after which both teams were promoted to the top flight.

Skinner’s side won the reverse fixture 4-0 back in December, with Hannah Blundell, Ella Toone, Melvine Malard and Hayley Ladd all on the scoresheet that night in the capital.


Chelsea and Aston Villa played their game on Wednesday evening – resulting in a 3-0 win for the former – due to the Blues’ participation in the Champions League this weekend.

Meanwhile, between Friday and Sunday, there are five matches taking place in the Women’s Super League. Here is the full schedule, including United’s clash with Spurs…


Brighton & Hove Albion v Everton (19:00)


Bristol City v Liverpool (12:00)


UNITED v Tottenham Hotspur (12:00)
Arsenal v Leicester City (14:00)
Manchester City v West Ham United (14:15)

All kick-offs are listed in BST.