Katie Zelem

Match preview: United Women v Arsenal

Friday 06 November 2020 14:32

Manchester United Women return to action this Sunday when we host Arsenal at Leigh Sports Village.

It will be Casey Stoney’s side’s first outing in three weeks following the international break and the postponement of Wednesday’s Continental League Cup clash with Everton.

The timing for the encounter with the Gunners was also changed during the week, and it will now kick off at 14:30 GMT - it's also being shown live on MUTV!

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game.


Yes, the rescheduling of the match means it will now be shown live on MUTV, with pre-match build-up set to begin at 14:15 GMT. We’ll also have post-game analysis from Leigh.
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There has been no fresh team news from Casey after Wednesday's postponement. There had been question marks surrounding the fitness of Alessia Russo and Ivana Fuso ahead of the Continental Cup match, with both players recovering from injuries - the latter will make her Reds debut if she features.

Speaking earlier in the week, Casey told club media: “Morale’s good. It does feel like a long time [since she spoke to club media] with the international window and not having a game. We’ve used the time well to make sure the players have got some good work in. We’ve given them some time off as well and those players that have come back from internationals are fit and well, so we’re looking good.”

As for Arsenal, Jill Roord, Kim Little, Fran Stenson and Leonie Maier all returned from injury during their midweek victory over London City Lionesses, but it’s unclear whether they are fit enough to face two matches in a week. Meanwhile, the quartet of Jordan Nobbs, Lisa Evans, Steph Catley and Noelle Maritz are all expected to miss Sunday's game.

United are unbeaten in the WSL this campaign and have won four of our five matches in 2020/21. Last time out, the Reds beat West Ham United 4-2, with Russo (2), Tobin Heath and Christen Press grabbing the goals. After five games, we’re third in the league, with goal difference alone separating us from second-placed Everton.

The Gunners have made an even more impressive start to the campaign and have won all five league matches this term. Joe Montemurro’s side have also netted an impressive 29 league goals already this season - that’s just under six per game!

It’s Arsenal who have come away with the spoils in both of our meetings to date. The North London club beat United 2-1 in the semi-final of the 2018/19 Continental Cup, with Mollie Green grabbing our only goal on the night. We also hosted the Gunners in September 2019, in what was our first-ever home WSL clash. Again, Arsenal won by a single goal, thanks to Danielle van de Donk's late effort.


It’s a full quota of fixtures this weekend in the WSL, with six matches spread over Saturday and Sunday. See below for a full breakdown…

Tottenham Hotspur v Reading (14:00 GMT)
Manchester City v Bristol City (15:00 GMT)

Chelsea v Everton (12:00 GMT)
Birmingham City v West Ham United (14:00 GMT)
Brighton & Hove Albion v Aston Villa (14:00 GMT)
UNITED v Arsenal (14:30 GMT)