Marc Skinner

Skinner: We would love to get to a final

Tuesday 11 April 2023 16:45

Marc Skinner says Manchester United Women would love to get to a final, as he prepares his squad for this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final against Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Reds welcome the Seagulls to Leigh Sports Village on Saturday for our last-four clash – it's the first time our women have reached this stage of the competition since the team was formed in 2018. 

“We would love to get to a final, to compete in a final, and to win finals going forward,” Skinner told the media in his pre-match press conference. 

“We have a very difficult task ahead of us and this is what I am trying to talk about – the mentality from my group and my players is that we go and hunt any opponent that stands in the way of us and success. 
“That’s the mentality I want us to have from now until the end of the [season]; I want us to genuinely turn up our heat on every opponent. 

“Brighton specifically will be very tough to play against, so we had better be ready for that.” 
Skinner delivered a timely reminder there is still a job to be done if the Reds are to reach the Wembley showpiece on Sunday 14 May. 

“The reality is we are not at the final, and [we shouldn’t expect] anything other than a difficult game with their manager, with whatever influence Mel [Phillips] can have. 

“We will always do our work around the coach.”
Naalsund made her debut for United against Lewes.
The boss also provided an update on Lisa Naalsund, who could feature before the end of the current campaign. 

During our FA Cup quarter-final against Lewes, the Norwegian midfielder was forced off through injury, just 25 minutes into her United debut. 

“Lisa is back in as we gave her a few days off to recuperate,” said Skinner.

“She's back in today in really good spirits and if she is available, it will be towards the last two to three weeks of the season. 

“Hopefully there is still some football for her but there is going to be no pressure from us if it’s too risky in terms of [her] injury. We wouldn’t do that.”

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