Baggaley: We’re looking forward to the final

Thursday 18 August 2022 13:52

Manchester United Women’s goalkeeper Sophie Baggaley says the Reds are looking forward to another strong pre-season test on Friday.

United will face Bayern Munich in the final of the AMOS Women’s French Cup in Toulouse (20:00 BST), off the back of a 1-0 win over French giants Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-final earlier in the week. 

The Frauen-Bundesliga side defeated Barcelona in their last-four clash, also on Tuesday, setting up the tie that Baggaley says the squad is keenly anticipating.

“Now we’re in the final of this tournament, it’s great and these are the games we want to play,” our goalkeeper told MUTV's Zarah Connolly. 

“To test ourselves against the best, we’re really looking forward to it.”
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It will be the second and final game of the two-match trip to France, where United have had another brilliant backing from the supporters on the road.

“It’s incredible just to see all the fans,” Baggaley said.

“The travelling fans, the ones that are here, it’s great that they’ve all come out to watch and obviously it spurred us on to get that win [against PSG].”
Speaking after that victory and clean sheet on Tuesday, Baggaley was asked about the aims for the remainder of the time on tour, as our preparations continue for the start of the new campaign next month.

“I think we want to have a good week behind us," she started. 

“Get to know each other a bit better and obviously a win in the next game.”
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United Women head coach Marc Skinner commended the goalkeeper’s impressive showing post-match on Tuesday, citing a particularly important stop that Sophie made early in the game.

“She should be [happy with the clean sheet] and I’ve been really impressed with how Baggers has taken to the ball work, positioning," he said.

“But when they went through one-on-one and she made that big save, I felt like she was going to make that save and that’s because she’s showed that confidence. 

“We’ve got England’s number one [Mary Earps] as well and Saf [Middleton-Patel] as well - we’ve got a wonderfully talented group [of goalkeepers].

“But credit to Baggers because when she was called upon… if you notice in our teams, our goalkeepers have, very rarely, bits to do but they have big moments and Baggers has shown she can take big moments.”