Kirsty Smith

Smith: We don’t want to settle

Saturday 20 November 2021 13:39

Manchester United Women’s defender Kirsty Smith says the Reds are focused on backing up our midweek victory in the Manchester derby with a positive result against Arsenal on Sunday.

The Gunners are the visitors to Leigh Sports Village for Sunday’s Women’s Super League clash, just four days on from our Continental Tyres League Cup group-stage win over Manchester City, at the same ground. 

Despite the delight within the squad following our last outing, Smith insists that the Reds aren’t settling upon Wednesday’s win and are now determined to build on it when we return to league action this weekend. 
Smith looks ahead to Arsenal visit Video

Smith looks ahead to Arsenal visit

United Women's defender Kirsty Smith caught up with MUTV to preview Sunday's WSL meeting with the Gunners...

“It was a really positive result, but we don’t want to settle on that, we want to progress and be even better for the next game, and that’s what we’re focusing on now,” Smith told reporter Stewart Gardner in our exclusive pre-match interview.

“They’re [Arsenal] a brilliant side, they’ve got great individuals within the team, but so do we and I think Wednesday’s performance showed that. 

“I hope we can build on that and progress. We set a standard on Wednesday, and we want to continue that into Sunday.”

The current WSL leaders will provide United with another strong test on Sunday, one that Smith says the Reds are relishing. Our full-back believes are supporters will be too and she expects the United faithful will once again play an important part.

“Obviously our fans are amazing, and you feel their support throughout the games and even throughout the week," she explained.

“They push you on and every bit of help from them is a positive on the pitch, it spurs you on and gives you that motivation within the game.”

WSL match preview: United v Arsenal


Marc Skinner's Reds return to league action this weekend, hosting current leaders Arsenal on Sunday.

Although the Scotland international, who was recalled to her national squad for the upcoming internationals earlier this week, is keen to look forward, Wednesday provided a much-anticipated moment on a personal level.

Our no.20 made her first appearance of 2021/22, having overcome an early-season injury that has unfortunately seen her spend the majority of the campaign's opening months on the sidelines. 

“For me, being injured, it’s not great and I’ve worked really hard with the physios to get back in shape and in a good position to be back on the pitch," she said.

“I enjoyed every minute of the game the other day and it was really positive.”

Tickets for our Women’s Super League game against Arsenal at Leigh Sports Village are available to purchase here.