Everything you need to know ahead of Reading v United
Manchester United Women will look to maintain top spot in the Women’s Super League when we travel to Reading on Sunday.
The Reds go into the 12:30 GMT kick-off at the Madejski Stadium aiming to build on an unbeaten start to the league campaign after our first eight matches.
Sunday’s game against the Royals comes off the back of a 2-0 win at Aston Villa on our return to action last weekend, with Leah Galton and Ella Toone on the scoresheet in the Midlands.
Here’s all you need to know ahead of this weekend’s outing…
IS IT ON TV?
The match will be broadcast live on the FA Player, while you can watch a full rerun of the game on MUTV from 16:00 GMT on the same afternoon. Live match updates will also be available via our official Twitter account.
Casey Stoney will be without Alessia Russo and Martha Harris who also missed last weekend’s trip to the Midlands through injury. There is also a question mark over the availability of midfielder Jackie Groenen who was forced off in the early stages of that win over Villa with a head injury.
The Reds remain unbeaten in the league this season, with Casey Stoney’s side registering six wins and two draws from our opening eight matches. We’ll also be looking to extend a formidable record on our travels so far this campaign that has seen us overcome Birmingham City, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, and most recently Aston Villa, ahead of Sunday’s trip to Berkshire.
As for the hosts, they come into the game unbeaten in their last four in the WSL, with each of those games remarkably ending 1-1. In fact, none of Reading’s last six league matches have produced encounters with more than two goals. Last time out, the Royals drew with Bristol City, a game in which England international Fara Williams was on target for Kelly Chambers’s side.
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The WSL leaders have been preparing for a first league match in three weeks, against Aston Villa.
HEAD TO HEAD
We’ll be looking to add to our sole win over the Royals from our four encounters to date, when we lock horns on Sunday. That triumph came during our first top-flight meeting back in October 2019 when goals from Kirsty Hanson and Jess Sigsworth earned us a 2-0 victory at Leigh Sports Village. The spoils were shared later in the season with a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture, while Sunday’s hosts were victorious in both cup encounters during the 2018/19 campaign.
WHO ELSE IS IN ACTION?
There’s a full list of WSL fixtures on the cards this weekend with our trip to the Madejski Stadium one of six games across the league on Sunday.
SUNDAY 13 DECEMBER
Reading v UNITED (12:30 GMT)
Birmingham City v Everton
Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea
Bristol City v West Ham
Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa
Manchester City v Arsenal (14:30 GMT)
*Kick-off is at 16:00 GMT unless indicated otherwise.