How to watch United Women v West Ham
Manchester United Women’s final home game of 2021/22 takes place this weekend with West Ham the visiting side to Leigh Sports Village.
United currently occupy the division’s third and final Champions League qualification spot, a point ahead of fourth-placed Manchester City, having played a game more than our crosstown rivals.
With our European destiny now unfortunately out of own hands, maximum points from this weekend’s fixture could be crucial and, ahead of it, here is everything you need to know…
HOW TO WATCH
You still have the chance to cheer on United Women on home turf for the last time this season, with tickets available to buy online here – adults are priced at £6 while entry for under-16s and over-65s is £3. If you won’t be at LSV, you can watch the game live on the FA Player, while there will be radio commentary on MUTV, plus updates and coverage for you via ManUtd.com, in the app and our dedicated women’s team social media channels (@ManUtdWomen).
West Ham are targeting their highest-ever finish in the Women’s Super League, occupying sixth position in the 12-team table with two games to go. The Hammers have never finished in the top half of the competition before and have already amassed their club-record WSL points tally this season, following victory over Reading last weekend. Olli Harder’s side could end the campaign as high as fifth and will be keen to take the spoils again this Sunday in order to fend off the chasing pack of Brighton, Reading and Aston Villa, who follow closely and can still mathematically catch them over the coming weeks.
Diane Caldwell, Kirsty Smith and Lucy Staniforth all returned to the matchday squad from injury setbacks last weekend, with the latter getting minutes on the pitch for the first time this calendar year. Signe Bruun hasn’t played since missing Denmark’s fixtures over the recent international break earlier this month, while defenders Aoife Mannion and Millie Turner have been longer-term absentees. Head coach Marc Skinner will likely provide an update on how the squad is shaping up for Sunday’s clash during his interview with club media towards the end of the week.
United return home off the back of last Sunday’s 0-0 draw at Aston Villa, and although it saw us drop two vital points in the race for Europe, the result did see our current unbeaten run extend to six matches. As for the visitors, they approach the clash following a 2-1 win away to Reading that saw them snap an unwanted three-game losing streak across all competitions.
We have faced West Ham four times in the top flight since a League Cup quarter-final victory over the club from the capital during our inaugural meeting, back in January 2019. The Hammers got the best of our sole fixture in the 2019/20 campaign before the Reds completed a double over the Londoners last season. Nearly six weeks ago, the sides contested this season’s reverse fixture in the WSL, with Grace Fisk’s stoppage-time equaliser stopping Ella Toone’s opener from securing us all three points following a hard-fought contest under the lights at Victoria Road.
Our game is one of six across a full programme of fixtures in the WSL this weekend, starting with Brighton’s trip to Manchester City on Saturday. Here is the schedule in full…
SATURDAY 30 APRIL
Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion (11:30 BST)
SUNDAY 1 MAY
UNITED v West Ham United (12:00 BST)
Leicester City v Reading (14:00 BST)
Arsenal v Aston Villa (14:15 BST)
Birmingham City v Chelsea (18:45 BST)
Everton v Tottenham Hotspur (19:30 BST)