United Women v City: Read the digital programme

Saturday 18 November 2023 13:10

There’s not long now until one of the most highly anticipated fixtures in Manchester United Women’s history – the first-ever Manchester women’s derby to be played at Old Trafford, with tickets continuing to sell fast as the big kick-off approaches at 16:30 GMT on Sunday afternoon.

It’s certainly an occasion the players are really looking forward to, as captain Katie Zelem discusses in her match programme column for Sunday’s game.

“Every one of us is super excited,” she writes. “Even if it’s just from watching United v City games on TV growing up, we all know how important derby day is when the two Manchester sides come together.

“And playing the game at Old Trafford makes it extra special. We get brilliant crowds at Leigh Sports Village, but for so many Reds, games here are what they grew up with. Our idols played here and some of our favourite memories from being young are from being here.”

Captain Katie, who has led the Reds out on all four of the team’s previous games in M16, continues: “Every time we play here, these games become more special, and hopefully we can create an atmosphere that is incredible. Some of the girls haven’t had the chance to play here yet – I know when they arrive they’ll understand why it’s called the Theatre of Dreams.”

You can read all of Zel’s column – and plenty more besides – in the official match programme, simply by clicking here.

Also inside the 56-page programme is an exclusive five-page interview with Leah Galton, in which the winger talks about the preparations for this latest meeting with our cross-city rivals, and why she considers her team-mates to be family.

“They are obviously not my blood family but I spend do much time with these girls, I care about them so much, and that’s what makes it so much easier when we go and play,” she says. “You want to fight for your family and we want to go out and give everything we can for each other.”

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There will be an incredible crowd at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, judging by our latest ticketing milestone.

Head coach Marc Skinner also shares his pre-match notes in his regular programme column, while there’s an extended feature on the biggest attendance figures in the women’s game (including one of 53,000 over a century ago, which you might not know about).

In addition, there are four pages dedicated to the opposition, plus quizzes, kids’ pages, fan messages and photos, alongside all the stats you could ever need to keep you clued up about the Reds’ 2023/24 campaign.

If you’re going to the game, don’t forget to pick up a special collector’s edition of the programme, which will be available from the booths outside Old Trafford for a bargain £2. And if you haven’t got your tickets yet, visit manutd.com/womenstickets.