Skinner: We're still hungry after Wembley loss

Sunday 14 May 2023 18:10

Marc Skinner says that Manchester United will be fuelled by Sunday's defeat to Chelsea in the Vitality Women's FA Cup final, as the title race featuring both clubs continues.

Sam Kerr's second-half strike ensured Emma Hayes' team lifted the trophy for the third consecutive season, but Skinner wasn't too disheartened by his team's efforts, praising the way United made the reigning WSL champions look "average at times."

The Reds were left to rue missed first-half chances, and the Blues made us pay, but Marc says his side will learn from the experience of our first-ever Women's FA Cup final, and come back stronger.

After the match, the boss spoke to both MUTV and BBC Sport, and below you can read his key comments...

Skinner: We will be back Video

Skinner: We will be back

Marc Skinner isn't too disheartened by United Women's FA Cup final loss to Chelsea...


“That's what you can do [to Chelsea]. If you don't give them space, they hardly do anything. I think the reality is I'm really proud of what the girls have done today. But as you've seen there, we are hungry. So they might be winning it now, but that's not where they're going to be in the future. That's what we want to take. So we're a team that will come again. We're a team that's hungry, young, energetic, and now we're just going to find the right little pieces to make sure we are challenging all the time.”


“I have to say I want to thank all of  the fans because they were magnificent. But we don't dwell on things. We use it, it fuels us. So that's what I said. If you watch us all lining up [behind Chelsea], we're watching it because that will be us in the future. I have no doubt about that.”


“There's loads of positive lessons. We  were mature. One moment when we switched off was the killer. We have to be fully aware at every moment. We have to probably shoot more in the second half. But there's nothing but credit to the players today. You ask for a team that's never been in a final before to play a mature game and they played the mature game today. I felt that we at times made Chelsea look average and you know, they've just got that world-class touch at the minute that can finish the game. We've got to continue to look to recruit that as well.”


“I think it [women's football] is unstoppable. It's nothing but promising for everybody involved in the game. We're making a movement. Everybody involved is making a movement. And I want to make sure that we're at top of the pile when that movement happens fully, because I feel that this club can go on from strength to strength.”

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The key points from the Vitality Women's FA Cup final, as the Reds fall narrowly short.


“I want Man City to feel the hurt that we feel today, but the reality is you're in a final to win it or lose it. We've lost today. We've performed really well. But then when we get back into the league, we know what we've got to do, so I'll utilise some of the conversations we've had today, some of the maturity that we've shown in the games, and then see if we can take the points in these two really big games [against City and Liverpool].”


“My pre-match speech was talking about the big experiences we've had that we've never had before. And so we're having them now and I'm really proud. I say that to all the players, all the staff, all of the fans, everybody involved. And that's what will make us an immovable force in the future.”