Christen Press

Press looking forward to Old Trafford debut

Manchester United Women's forward Christen Press is looking forward to playing at Old Trafford for the first time on Saturday.

This weekend marks a special moment in the club’s history, as West Ham United visit the Theatre of Dreams in a battle for crucial points in the Women’s Super League.

For Press, it’s also her first experience of Old Trafford. She has won the World Cup with the United States twice and played on the biggest stages in women’s football, but that doesn't mean the 32-year-old is taking this occasion for granted.

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In an exclusive interview with club media, the World Cup winner conveys her excitement.   

“It’s an amazing experience to play in Europe because of the rich history in football,” she said.

“I think a stadium like Old Trafford holds that richness, that history. It will be an honour and I’m really excited to play there.”

Casey Stoney’s team will be looking to put things right after the defeat to Arsenal last weekend.

The Reds are in a fight to finish in the top three in the WSL, which would secure Champions League qualification for the first time. At the time of writing, should the Gunners win their game in hand, the team from North London will push United down to fourth on goal difference.

“We still have a great chance to qualify for the Champions League,” Press told us.

“If we do our job and pick up 15 points in the final [five] games, there’s a lot of pressure on the top three to be perfect and that is now the job that we have to do.

”It’s actually quite a challenge to be mentally and technically and tactically prepared to pick up all those points. Winning games is hard and it’s a tough league. I feel very confident that, if we do our job, destiny will play out the way it should.

Our opposition on Saturday is bottom side West Ham. The Hammers are yet to earn a top-flight win in 2021 but Press is not expecting an easy game.

“It’s an even more interesting game than when you looked at it at first because the points are just as important for them as they are for us,” the US international explains.

“That’s when the stakes are higher and higher towards the end of the season. It makes the games more fun.”