Skinner: It was a total performance

Sunday 10 March 2024 09:59

Marc Skinner was beaming with pride after a 4-0 victory in the FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Goals from Millie Turner, Nikita Parris, Lucia Garcia and Lisa Naalsund secured our place in the draw for the semi-finals.

A dominant performance was the most used phrase by the Reds’ boss and he is ready to carry that through to the league next weekend.

Skinner spoke to the press about star performers, the FA Cup and why the result was so special.

Skinner: One of our best displays all season Video

Skinner: One of our best displays all season

Marc Skinner believes Saturday's win over Brighton was one of the "best performances" of our current campaign...

"I felt we mastered the game quicker, we got into rhythm quicker, I felt that our players combined quicker. It felt like it was the uglier side of the game we were good at, picking up those second balls. We suffocated them. I am really proud of the way we played. 

"Mel [Malard] stepped up tonight, Lisa Naalsund was fantastic and spaces. Even Mary [Earps] at the end was controlling us so we didn’t need to rush. It was a total performance."

"We were so frustrated when we lost in the final and we want to get back there. Whoever we get it will be a difficult tie but the negative feeling of the result of the final spurs us on. We want to right that wrong. What I would like us to do is to take this energy into the league game next week. That will be a real sign of the energy and continued growth.

"I want the same commitment from tonight. Our players are always committed but it felt energetic, it felt purposeful. We have some brilliant players and we want to keep the energy going."

"Lucia [Garcia] is so hard to play against. Her agility. I thought Melvine [Malard] was very calm tonight, excellent. We haven’t seen enough of her, I want to see more. Nikita [Parris]’s running was excellent. We were there to finish the game. I felt everyone played their part. As a collective all of them deserve praise tonight."

Naalsund: It's a big step towards the final Video

Naalsund: It's a big step towards the final

Lisa Naalsund says United took a "big step" towards the Adobe Women's FA Cup final tonight...


Make sure you come down to Leigh Sports Village, and Old Trafford on 18 May, to support United Women in our remaining WSL home games this season.

Sun 17 Mar: Bristol City (12:00 GMT)*
Sun 31 Mar: Everton (14:00 BST)*
Sun 21 Apr: Tottenham (12:00 BST)*
Sun 18 May: Chelsea (15:00 BST)**

*Times and dates TBC
**This game is being played at Old Trafford

You can buy tickets for all of these games here.


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