Lucia Garcia at Old Trafford

Lucia Garcia: I believe in this team

Saturday 15 April 2023 10:30

Manchester United forward Lucia Garcia insists she is at the right club to fight for the highest honours in women's football.

Ahead of Saturday’s semi-final against Brighton, the Spaniard told club media that she has faith in our current squad to compete at the top level. 

“This is a big club, we should be [as high as] possible in the league,” said Garcia. 

“I believe in this team, this is the reason [why] I came here, I had this expectation when I [signed]."
Our Spanish winger celebrates a goal with team-mate Hannah Blundell.
That sentiment is echoed by her manager, Marc Skinner. 

With a crucial domestic run-in beginning this weekend, the boss’s message to his players is quite simply to ‘fight’ for what we want. 

Lucia recalled: “[He told us] we are still in two competitions and can be in a third next year, so let's fight for the two main things we have this year; the league and the FA Cup.”
While we’ve earned a 100 per cent record against Brighton in the league – winning both encounters 4-0 – Garcia is still expecting to face a difficult Seagulls side at Leigh Sports Village later today.

“I think this weekend's match is going to be a tough one,” she told us. “We played against them [two weeks ago] but I think it’s not going to be the same. 

“It’s a different match, a different environment, a different situation, so we have to be compact in the game.

“It’s our final before the final, so we have to be a team more than ever.”
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The Reds will no doubt be spurred on by our supporters at Leigh Sports Village. 

“They’re superb,” Lucia said. “They are essential! The fans] are our twelfth player.” 

The full interview with our electric winger can be read in Saturday’s matchday programme, available to buy at Leigh Sports Village.