Zelem: Brighton is the first of four cup finals

Friday 01 April 2022 12:26

Manchester United Women’s captain Katie Zelem insists that the Reds’ full focus is on picking up another important three WSL points against Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday.

Zelem and co return to Leigh Sports Village this weekend off the back of a historic Old Trafford victory over Everton last time out. 

The skipper celebrates that triumph and the significance of the day as a whole as part of her latest column in our matchday programme, which you can get your copy of at the game, but says that the team have been firmly focused on looking ahead, not back, this week. 

Brighton’s visit is the first of our final four WSL matches with every point key from now until the end of the season in the race for Champions League qualification. United are currently just inside the top three, a win ahead of fourth-place Manchester City having played a game more.

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“Since Monday, it’s all been about preparing for Brighton – a game that’s just as important as Everton,” Zelem explains.

“We’ve got four games left and we need to treat them all like a cup final. 

“Brighton’s manager Hope Powell is definitely a trailblazer in the women’s game, and someone we all respect. Hope achieved some great things as a player and helped push the game forward to where it is now.

“It’s incredible to see how much she’s still helping the game progress, and we know she’ll set up her team well."
Our next opponents are on a good run of form under Powell, winning three of their last four matches and can make it a record-breaking WSL campaign for themselves in terms of wins and points, should they leave LSV with the spoils on Sunday. 

Katie is well aware of the challenge at hand to keep our own recent strong streak going but says that United need no extra motivation to record a win in our final game before this month’s international break.

“They’ll be really organised, so that’s something we need to prepare for," our captain adds.
“After today we have a three-week gap, and it’s always good to go into the international break on the back of a victory, so we’ve got all the motivation we need to pick up all three points.”

For Katie’s full pre-match thoughts, as well as Marc Skinner’s head coach's column, an exclusive interview with January signing Signe Bruun and much more exclusive matchday content, be sure to pick up your copy of Sunday's official programme from around the ground, for just £1.50.