Skinner: We've got to get the energy back.

Friday 01 March 2024 10:32

Marc Skinner is ready for a "different game" against West Ham this weekend, despite enjoying a dominant performance against the Hammers earlier in the season.

The Reds won 5-0 at Leigh Sports Village in November but Skinner does not want people to think that means it will not be a difficult game on Sunday.

The outing is the first after the international break and since the defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, as United plan to look ahead not backwards.

The United boss sat down with the press to discuss West Ham’s tactics, team news and how to prepare for the trip.

United beat West Ham 5-0 at LSV in November.


“I think you have to play West Ham at home differently to how you play West Ham at your home. It's not just a cliche, but actually the pitch is different. You know Arsenal went there, and dominated in a lot of areas, but lost the game. I think you have to play what the pitch gives you. You have to play against the strengths and weaknesses of West Ham. So what I want to see is high energy, high transition energy.

"I have the utmost respect because I can see exactly what Rehanne [Skinner] is doing. I can see what they're doing as a team. This is not going to be anywhere near [as comfortable as it was in] the first game. Every time you play at West Ham's ground, it's a difficult game. So we're expecting that. And we've got to be fully [on it] mentally and physically as well.”


"The players went away to do international duty, and, obviously, then they play different styles, so it's about getting them back on board. There are things that we'll discuss about the [Arsenal] game but the reality is it's going to be a totally different game against West Ham. And we've got to prepare for that.

"We've got a two-day turnaround so you can look back all you want, but we've got to look forwards and get the energy right, to get them back on the same page again is something we've got to do today.

"So I think there's just too little time to look backwards and [instead] go use it, push the energy we want from that into this next performance against West Ham this weekend."

Jayde Riviere is not back from injury.


“It is likely that Jayde Riviere will miss the weekend – it’s probably too soon for her. We got some positive news - it looks like Emma Watson's straight-line running today, so that's positive. She's back on the field.

"Hinata [Miyazawa] is back on for a second session today as well, and then we're a few weeks away. Apart from that, they all come in this morning and we get to assess where they're at.

"So we'll obviously update after that. But, apart from that, I'm expecting everybody to be healthy."

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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.