Skinner's team news for Old Trafford game

Wednesday 22 March 2023 14:00

Manchester United Women manager Marc Skinner says that Jayde Riviere is nearing match fitness and could make her debut at Old Trafford this weekend, when the Reds face West Ham in the Barclays Women's Super League.

The boss spoke to the media on Wednesday morning, to preview the Hammers clash which will kick off at 17:30 GMT on Saturday.

As well as discussing Riviere, Skinner also offered updates on Lisa Naalsund and Maria Thorisdottir.

"I'd imagine both players [Naalsund and Thorsidottir] will miss this weekend but once we have their update, I'll make sure we put that out," he said.

"The players were in for treatment during the last two days so I'm hopeful we will see in our medical meeting exactly where we are at with them.

"Jayde Riviere should be training for the week. She was training with the team [in] the last part of the week and looked excellent so hopefully she will be in contention for the weekend."

Riviere is yet to feature for our women's team since her arrival in January, but with Marc hoping she could make her debut this weekend at Old Trafford, he explained exactly what the Canada international will bring to his side.

"I first got a glimpse of her when England played Canada in the Arnold Clark Cup last year and she played against Lauren Hemp and didn't really give her much change," said Skinner.

"She was really aggressive with the ball and it was that personality that really attracted me."

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He went on to say that he has since been impressed with Jayde's movement in training. 

"When you see people move and it's effortless, for me and the nature of the team, that's how I want to build [my squad].When it's effortless, you can rotate quicker and get into positions quicker. I've seen that this week when she's come back into training.

"She's fearless with the ball, moves effortlessly, wants to progress, wants to defend one v one with aggressive actions. She's good with the ball and without the ball. So she'll be really exciting, really the type of player that Manchester United want. I think you're going to see a lot of good things with Jayde."

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