Blundell previews 'exciting' Tottenham test

Wednesday 07 September 2022 06:30

Manchester United Women’s defender Hannah Blundell is eagerly anticipating the start of the new WSL season this weekend and says the Reds are ready “more than ever”.

United will head to the capital for Saturday’s campaign-opener away to Spurs – a game which will be played at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which boasts a capacity of just over 60,000.

Blundell is counting down the days to the game, with our pre-season preparations completed and all eyes now on facing Spurs.
Blundell: We're ready for the season Video

Blundell: We're ready for the season

We sat down with United's Hannah Blundell last week to discuss pre-season, her position and Saturday's WSL opener...

“I can’t wait,” Hannah told club media last week. 

“It’s been a long pre-season, especially for myself, being in from day one. But I feel like we’re ready, more than ever. 

“It’s at the men’s stadium, which is a bit more exciting, and I feel like what the England team did in this Euros is only going to promote the game and build it up even more.”
Saturday’s fixture will be the first of United’s games at some of the country’s top venues this season, with another Old Trafford outing to come in December, while trips to Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium are also on our league schedule.

Hannah says it’s great to see these opportunities becoming more and more regular in the women’s game, and Blundell has set a target for our brilliant fans at Leigh Sports Village.

“Yeah, we do [want to play in these big stadiums].

“But we’ve got to make sure we’re selling out Leigh, as a big thing. 

“Of course, it’s nice to play at the men’s stadiums and I feel like we’re going to get a big crowd, which is nice. But we hope that brings crowds to the women’s stadiums as well.

“I think Spurs have put out that they’ve already sold 30-40,000 tickets, which is obviously amazing. But of course, that puts more pressure on us to perform in those games. But I feel like that’s where we thrive – on that sort of stadium and stage. It’s definitely exciting.”

A good game is on the cards for the supporters in attendance at Tottenham on the opening weekend, and those watching live on Sky Sports in the UK too, with the two teams that finished just outside the Champions League places last season going head-to-head. 

“They’ve definitely strengthened this season, but so have we. So I think it will be a good game and definitely one we want to win,” the defender explained.

“It’s exciting to be playing in a men’s stadium, live on Sky Sports, but we’ve just got to look at it as another game, just another game in the WSL. And like I say, it’s one we want to win.”

Tickets for United Women's home opener, at Leigh Sports Village against Reading on Saturday 17 September, are on sale now and can be purchased here.