Millie Turner at the Broadfield Stadium in the WSL in November 2023

Preview: Brighton v United Women

Saturday 09 March 2024 06:59

Manchester United are in Adobe Women's FA Cup action this Saturday evening, on the road against Brighton & Hove Albion for a place in this season's semi-finals.

Marc Skinner's side make the trip to the Broadfield Stadium in Crawley looking for a knockout win, as attention now switches from the WSL back to the FA Cup.

The Reds were unable to get over the line against West Ham in our last league fixture, drawing 1-1 away in Chigwell, and will be determined to keep advancing in a competition that last season culminated in a first-ever Wembley appearance.

Here is everything you need to know about the contest, which kicks off at 17:15 GMT...

Skinner's pre-Brighton Q&A Video

Skinner's pre-Brighton Q&A

Marc Skinner discusses performance levels and Brighton's threats before our Women's FA Cup clash...


Fans can watch the action live on The FA Player, available for free online.

There will also be live radio commentary on and in the United App, where regular updates will be posted throughout the game, as well as exclusive post-match reaction.


Jayde Riviere was still recovering from a knock last weekend and missed the trip to West Ham, but Marc Skinner reported at his pre-match press conference on Thursday that the Canadian defender had been training for a few days and could be available to face Brighton.

Hinata Miyazawa and Emma Watson continue to make good progress in their recovery from respective ankle and ACL injuries but aren't ready to return just yet. Gabby George and Jess Simpson are just a few weeks behind Watson in their own ACL rehabs.

Geyse is still away on international duty with Brazil at the CONCACAF W Gold Cup, and is now preparing for the final against the United States in the early hours of Monday morning.

Jayde Riviere suffered a minor injury when Brighton visited Leigh last month.


Brighton come into this game off the back of a crucial WSL 'six-pointer' away at Bristol City last weekend, eventually securing a 7-3 win in the goal-filled encounter to jump from 11th to ninth in the table and put a more comfortable margin between themselves and the relegation place. That was a first league victory for interim boss Mikey Harris after Melissa Phillips parted company with the club just days before losing 2-0 to United at Leigh Sports Village last month.

The Seagulls have so far knocked out lower league opposition in the previous rounds of the FA Cup, scoring a total of 10 goals in the process against Luton and Wolves. However, their Continental Tyres League Cup journey ended on penalties in the quarter-finals at the hands of Aston Villa.

Top scorer Elisabeth Terland, who netted in our 2-2 draw at the Broadfield Stadium in the league back in November, added two more goals to her tally for the season against Bristol City, taking it up to 13 in all competitions. Pauline Bremer, Tatiana Pinto, Madison Haley, Vicky Losada and Katie Robinson were also on the scoresheet. Seagulls left-back Poppy Pattinson was suspended for that game but will be available again on Saturday. The familiar faces of former United players Maria Thorisdottir and Sophie Baggaley are also in Brighton's squad of course.

Blundell signs contract extension


The full-back has renewed her commitment to Manchester United Women.


At this stage of the competition, there are four ties to be played, including ours.

Saturday 9 March

Liverpool v Leicester (12:00 GMT)
Brighton v United (17:15 GMT)

Sunday 10 March

Everton v Chelsea (13:00 GMT)
Tottenham v Man City (15:00 GMT)

For the four winners, the semi-finals are scheduled for the weekend of 13/14 April.

Highlights: United Women v Brighton Video

Highlights: United Women v Brighton

Watch the best bits from our WSL meeting with the Seagulls...


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.