Recap: United’s journey to the Adobe Women’s FA Cup semi-finals

Friday 12 April 2024 10:00

Manchester United Women's journey to the semi-finals of the 2023/2024 Adobe Women’s FA Cup has featured plenty of goals and competitive encounters.

This Sunday’s last-four fixture against Chelsea is poised to be full of more thrilling moments and exciting football, and United will be determined to make amends following our narrow loss to Emma Hayes’ side in the final at Wembley last season.

The opportunity to take on one of our biggest rivals in the competition with the support of a vociferous home crowd at Leigh Sports Village is something that Marc Skinner’s Reds are keen to make the most of.

Make sure you don’t miss out on your chance to cheer on the Reds this Sunday at Leigh Sports Village - you can buy your tickets here.

Highlights: United Women v Newcastle Video

Highlights: United Women v Newcastle

Highlights | Watch all the key moments from a dominant FA Cup display against the Magpies at Leigh Sports Village...


Our campaign kicked off with a comfortable 5-0 home victory against Newcastle United back in January. Ella Toone opened our tally in the 27th minute, shortly before assisting Nikita Parris in the 36th minute.

Parris soon netted another, and the pair were joined on the scoresheet by Rachel Williams and Melvine Malard.
The fifth round of the competition saw the Reds head south to take on Southampton in the fifth round. Again, it was Toone who scored first, this time at the seven-minute mark.

However, the Saints had no intention of making it easy for United and defended resolutely before getting the equaliser in the 65th minute through Lexi Lloyd-Smith.

Ultimately, it was Williams who stole the headlines for the Reds and secured our spot in the quarter-final, scoring two headers in the 74th and 82nd minutes, to give us the 3-1 win.
Highlights: Southampton v United Women Video

Highlights: Southampton v United Women

Watch the key moments from our Adobe Women's FA Cup tie on the south coast...

The next step in our quest for consecutive final appearances at Wembley was the quarter-final, where we faced our first WSL opposition in the competition, Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Reds stepped up, producing a brilliant performance spurred on by the support of a loyal contingent of fans who’d made the journey south.

Skinner described it as a “total performance”, singling out Malard and Lisa Naalsund and praising their excellent offensive play. Both players got their names on the scoresheet, along with Parris and Lucia Garcia, in a dominant 4-0 win.
Highlights: Brighton v United Women Video

Highlights: Brighton v United Women

View the best bits from the Reds' Adobe Women's FA Cup clash with the Seagulls...


There have been eight players who have started all of our FA Cup fixtures so far: Mary Earps, Hannah Blundell, Irene Guerrero, Maya Le Tissier, Nikita Parris, Ella Toone, Millie Turner and Katie Zelem.

Gemma Evans, Melvine Malard and Rachel Williams have also featured in every round, either as substitutes or in Skinner's XI.

Our fans have backed us strongly in every round. Will you be at Leigh on Sunday?


Parris and Williams both have three goals apiece in the competition so far and will be keen to add to their tally in Sunday’s semi-final. Toone has two, and Lucia Garcia, Malard, Naalsund and Turner have each scored once.

Our captain Zelem is leading the assists chart, having managed three so far.


You can buy tickets for Sunday's huge game against Leigh Sports Village via

Useful information for fans heading to LSV, including advice on how to get there, can be found on the venue's official website.