Zelem: We’re looking forward

Friday 04 March 2022 15:34

Manchester United Women’s captain Katie Zelem says the Reds are firmly focused on what we can do to get back to winning ways during Saturday’s game against Leicester City.

The Foxes are the visitors to Leigh Sports Village for a midday GMT kick-off in the Women’s Super League, nearly three weeks on from our last outing in the competition. 

An international break and last weekend’s FA Cup fifth-round defeat to Manchester City has followed in the time since but having analysed the best and the worst of that loss, Zelem says United are now only looking at what’s to come. 
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Zelem: It's a huge game

United Women captain Katie Zelem explains how we've switched the focus to Leicester, after last Sunday's cup loss...

“After each game we come back in and reflect on what we think we could have done better, but also what went well,” the skipper tells MUTV on Friday morning. 

“For us, there’s things we can take from the game on both parts but it’s about looking forward now, and we’ve got a huge game on Saturday.”
The Foxes are familiar opposition for Zelem and co not only due to the fact that this will be our third meeting with them this season on Saturday, but also because their squad boasts players that have formerly represented the Reds. 

Forward Jess Sigsworth was a member of United’s senior squad when the team’s journey began in 2018 for example, while Abbie McManus joined a year later, making for a side that Zelem understands the quality of.

“We know Leicester are a really organised team and some of the girls there a few of us know well and have also been at United before.

“So, they’ve got some really good players but for us, it’s about sticking to our game plan and hopefully coming away with the three points.”
Sigsworth, who spent three seasons at United before leaving for Leicester in the summer, will miss Saturday's game through injury.
The visit of Leicester is the first of our final eight games in the league this season, four of which are this month, with United currently two points outside of the top three in a tightly contested race at the top of the division for the title and the Champions League places. 

Zelem insists that despite being within nine points of five different teams around us, in the spots above and below in the table, the Reds are only focused on what we can do to ensure we finish the campaign as strongly as possible.

“For us, it’s just about taking every game as it comes,” the skipper explains.

“It sounds so cliched, but they come so thick and fast and especially in March, we’ve got a game around every corner. 

“For us, it’s about taking as many points as we can and letting the rest deal with itself.”