Preview: Southampton v United Women

Thursday 08 February 2024 12:20

Manchester United return to Adobe Women’s FA Cup action this weekend, as we travel south to face Championship side Southampton on Sunday.

After back-to-back home wins, Marc Skinner’s side will be looking to continue our good form by booking a spot in the quarter-finals of the competition. 

The Reds are aiming to go one better than last term in this competition, when we were narrowly defeated by Chelsea in the final. 

Ahead of the 14:00 GMT kick-off, here is everything you need to know… 


Sunday’s cup clash will be shown live on The FA Player, while we will have live radio commentary on and regular updates throughout the 90 minutes provided in the United App. 

A match report and post-match reaction can also be found across our platforms. 


Tickets for our fifth-round appearance away to the Saints have sold out. If you were unable to secure your seat, you can join us for our next home game in March, and for our remaining league fixtures at home, including… 

Bristol City (17 March)
Everton (31 March)
Spurs (21 April)
Chelsea (18 May, Old Trafford)

Click this link and buy your tickets now! 


United's long-term absentees Gabby George, Emma Watson and Jess Simpson remain unavailable for selection due to injury, while Hinata Miyazawa as also still out of action. 

Jayde Riviere is a doubt for the Reds heading into this tie, having being substituted early on in our 2-0 win over Brighton. She was replaced by Gemma Evans for the remainder of the game, with an update on her fitness expected in Marc’s pre-match press conference on Friday. 
Highlights: United Women v Brighton Video

Highlights: United Women v Brighton

Watch the best bits from our WSL meeting with the Seagulls...


After finishing a respectable sixth in their debut season in the Championship last term, a campaign in which they turned fully professional, the Saints have upped the anti for the 2023/24 season. They currently sit fourth in the table after 15 games, with just three points separating them and first-placed Charlton. Level on points with Crystal Palace, a point behind Sunderland and a point ahead of Birmingham City, the race for the title - and promotion to the Women’s Super League - is well and truly on for the south-coast outfit. 

The Saints have had their taste of WSL opposition already this season, coming up against Arsenal and Spurs in the Conti Cup. A resilient showing at home to the Gunners saw them take a second-half lead, but the North London side needed a stoppage time winner from Amanda Ilestedt to accompany Frida Maanum’s equaliser and complete the comeback. They were recently beaten 3-0 by Spurs, with Reds loanee Grace Clinton getting on the scoresheet, but United can expect a stern test from a side dreaming of a major cup upset. 

There are eight ties to be played across the weekend, with WSL giants Arsenal and Manchester City facing one another at lunchtime on Sunday.


Leicester City v Birmingham City (12:00 GMT)
Tottenham v Charlton (17:15 GMT)


Arsenal v Man City (12:30 GMT)
Wolves v Brighton (13:00 GMT)
London City Lionesses v Liverpool (14:00 GMT)
Chelsea v Crystal Palace (14:00 GMT)
Southampton v UNITED (14:00 GMT)
Nottingham Forest v Everton (16:00 GMT)