Continental Cup: Reds' group confirmed

Friday 30 July 2021 17:36

Manchester United's group-stage opponents for the 2021/22 Continental Tyres League Cup have been revealed in today's draw.

The competition will initially be split into regional sections and the Reds will compete with Leicester City, Durham and Everton in Northern Group B, as the club's fourth Continental Cup campaign begins.

Recently appointed head coach Marc Skinner will be hoping to guide the team further than in previous seasons as he bids to win silverware with an evolving squad. Last term, the Reds were unfortunately eliminated at the group stage after finishing fourth in a pool also containing Manchester City, Everton and Liverpool.

Our women's team fared better in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 editions of the competition, reaching the semi-finals before bowing out to Arsenal and Chelsea respectively.

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Marc joins from US side Orlando Pride on a two-year deal, with an option for a further year.

Skinner's options have been boosted by new additions Hannah Blundell, Aoife Mannion and Martha Thomas, who have all signed for the club within the last week. Thomas, a Scottish international, reached the semi-finals with her former side West Ham United last season and will be looking to go one better with her new team-mates when the cup campaign gets under way in October. 

Chelsea will be hoping to push on following back-to-back Continental Cup successes in 2019/20 and 2020/21 - the holders convincingly beat Bristol City 6-0 in the final at Vicarage Road back in March. The Blues also helped themselves to a fourth WSL title last season and silverware will once again be at the forefront of manager Emma Hayes’ mind.

All 24 teams from the WSL and Championship will compete for the coveted prize, with the final due to take place in March 2022. In a slight change to the format this season, teams competing in the UEFA Women’s Champions’ League group stage will receive a bye into the quarter-finals. This currently only applies to Chelsea but should Manchester City and Arsenal also proceed past the Champions League qualifying rounds, they will join the West London club in the Continental Cup's last eight.  

The group stages get under way on 13 and 14 October, just days after United are due to face local rivals Manchester City in the WSL on Sunday 10 October.
CONTINENTAL CUP 2021/22 DRAW

Northern Section

GROUP A
Liverpool
Sheffield United
Aston Villa
Blackburn Rovers
Sunderland

GROUP B

Leicester City
Durham
Manchester United
Everton
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Southern Section

GROUP C
Charlton Athletic
Tottenham Hotspur
Coventry United
Watford

GROUP D
Lewes
Crystal Palace
Bristol City
Reading

GROUP E
London City Lionesses
Birmingham City
Brighton & Hove Albion
West Ham United

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