Women's FA Cup preview: United v Leicester City
Manchester United Women take on Leicester City in the Vitality Women's FA Cup this Sunday, in Casey Stoney's last match as head coach.
Casey will manage the Reds for the last time, when the Foxes visit Leigh Sports Village, and will no doubt be determined to secure one more victory before stepping down from her role at the end of the campaign
It has been a rollercoaster campaign for United, who completed the Women’s Super League last weekend with a 2-0 win over Everton thanks to goals from Ella Toone and Kirsty Hanson. The Reds finished the WSL season in fourth place, just outside the Champions League spots.
Now, we target cup success and should we progress against Leicester, the remainder of the tournament will be completed next season. This was confirmed earlier this week, with the final due to be played in December.
Ahead of our head coach's final match in charge, here is all you need to know…
HOW CAN I FOLLOW THE MATCH?
The match will be shown live on MUTV in the UK and Ireland, with kick-off scheduled for 12:00 BST on Sunday 16 May. We will start the TV coverage from 11:45 and bring you the line-ups, the match itself and post-match reaction from Leigh Sports Village. As well, make sure to check out the match report on ManUtd.com and in our Official App shortly after the full-time whistle.
Casey has more or less a full squad to choose from in her final match but there are still some absentees. Tobin Heath, who has suffered a long-term knee injury, will not be available, as is the case for Ivana Fuso, who’s also sidelined with injury.
We have only faced Leicester twice so far in our short history but both times have been joyous occasions. In our debut campaign in the Championship in 2018/2019, the Reds were ruthless against the Foxes in both meetings. In our first encounter in February 2019, we fired seven past them in a 7-0 win before repeating a high-scoring win a month later with a 6-1 win at Leigh Sports Village.
Stoney’s Reds have had an impressive end to the season with four consecutive wins ahead of this weekend, after beating Burnley in the Women’s FA Cup and Tottenham Hotspur, Bristol City and Everton in the WSL.
Meanwhile, Leicester have enjoyed a terrific season in the second tier of the of the women’s league system and will play against the Reds in the WSL next season following their first-place finish in WSL 2. The East Midlands outfit rounded off their league campaign with three successive victories, so we can relish two in-form and confident teams going head to head.
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VITALITY WOMEN'S FA CUP: OTHER FIXTURES
SUNDAY 16 MAY
UNITED v Leicester (12:00 BST)
Brighton & Hove Albion v Huddersfield Town (12:00 BST)
Blackburn Rovers v Charlton Athletic (12:00 BST)
Birmingham City v Southampton (12:30 BST)
Tottenham Hotspur v Sheffield United (14:00 BST)
Manchester City v West Ham United (14:00 BST)
Arsenal v Crystal Palace (15:00 BST)
Chelsea v Everton (19:00 BST)