Women's match preview: United v Brighton
Manchester United Women host Brighton & Hove Albion Women on Wednesday in the quarter-final of the Continental League Cup (19:30 GMT kick-off).
It’s a competition Casey Stoney’s side know well after making it to the semi-final stage last season, and we’ll be hoping to do likewise with a win against the Seagulls on Wednesday.
Here’s all the need-to-know information ahead of the match…
HOW CAN I FOLLOW THE GAME?
The quarter-final clash is not being shown on TV, but we’ll be providing updates on our official Twitter account @ManUtdWomen and, after the game, a full match report will be published on ManUtd.com and in our Official App. MUTV will be showing extended highlights the following day at 18:30 GMT, while a shorter version will also be available on the website.
Stoney relishing Brighton testVideo
Sunday's Women's Super League match against Liverpool was postponed, so this will be our first game since the disappointing 1-0 loss to Bristol City on 5 January - a result that ended our six-game winning streak at Leigh Sports Village. Just before the Christmas break, Casey Stoney's side beat Everton 3-1 at home in the WSL and then Birmingham City away by the same score in the League Cup. As for Brighton, they lost 4-0 to Arsenal at the weekend and have won just two of their last seven in all competitions.
Earlier this season we overcame Hope Powell’s side 4-0, thanks to goals from Lauren James, Leah Galton (2) and Katie Zelem. We also locked horns with the Seagulls last season in the SSE Women’s FA Cup. Once again, James was on target in that encounter - this time with a second-half brace - while Siobhan Chamberlain also made an excellent penalty save as we triumphed 2-0.
LEAGUE CUP RUN
Earlier this season, the Reds won all four group games in the League Cup, against Manchester City, Everton, Leicester City and Birmingham City respectively, scoring an impressive total of 19 goals. At this stage last season, the Reds beat West Ham United 2-0 to progress to the last four where we were eventually eliminated by Arsenal.
United’s Ella Toone has thrived in the League Cup in 2019/20 and has bagged six goals in four appearances. The winger is as deadly creating chances as she is at tucking them away and her speed and direct dribbling means she poses a constant threat for opposition defences.
After an interrupted start to the season due to injury, Brighton’s Ini Umotong has really stamped her mark in the side recently. The Nigeria international has also been pivotal in the Seagulls reaching this quarter-final, having netted three goals in four games in the League Cup group stage earlier this season.
There are three other quarter-final ties, which all take place at the same time as our meeting with Brighton:
Arsenal v Reading
Chelsea v Aston Villa
Sheffield United v Manchester City
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