Preview: Spurs Women v United Women
United are in FA Women’s Super League action for the first time in a month on Sunday, when we travel to Tottenham Hotspur looking to extend our impressive start to the 2021/22 league campaign.
Marc Skinner’s side are hoping to leapfrog the opposition in the table when the two sides meet and, given Tottenham's imposing start to the domestic season, United will no doubt face a proper battle in north London.
HOW CAN I FOLLOW THE GAME?
The game kicks off at 12:15 GMT on Sunday evening and will take place at the Hive Stadium, home of National League outfit Barnet. Tickets are priced at £6.50 for adults, £4.50 for young adults and £3.50 for both under-17s and senior citizens. Anyone wishing to purchase tickets for the game can do so by visiting Tottenham’s official ticketing site here or, alternatively, by calling 0208 381 3800.
If, however, you cannot make the trip south to the capital, the game will be shown live on BBC Two, with coverage starting at 12:00 GMT. Highlights will also be shown on The Women’s Football Show from 21:30 GMT on Sunday, via the Red Button feature. And finally, of course, we will keep you updated with every piece of the action via manutd.com, our Official App and across our social media pages, too.
Defender Millie Turner still remains sidelined due to an ongoing knee problem, but has shared pictures of herself back in the gym on social media recently, and is working to return as soon as possible. And there was a further blow on Friday when the club confirmed Jackie Groenen has returned from international duty with a slight issue.
But beyond those absences, the Reds can boast a decent bill of health, as many of the side have now come back from international football ready to focus on a busy month. Ella Toone, Kirsty Hanson and Leah Galton were all rested from the starting line-up last time out against Durham, but will be pushing for recalls after a lengthy lay-off from club action.
Both sides have recorded impressive starts to the campaign, and Spurs currently find themselves occupying the third and final UEFA Women’s Champions League spot after just five games played. Tottenham head into this encounter on the back of four straight wins, so United will have to deliver something near top form in what is set to be an entertaining encounter.
Since losing five games in nine between January and April this year, the Reds have lost only one of eight matches in the WSL, with that defeat coming against reigning champions Chelsea in September.
Tottenham have kept as many clean sheets in their last six WSL matches (four) as they did across their previous 32 games in the competition, and top scorer Alex Morgan will no doubt be one to watch, despite playing just 195 minutes across three matches in November/December of last year.
Elsewhere, Ella Toone has five goals and six assists across her last eight WSL matches for Skinner’s team, and fellow forward Alessia Russo has also scored four in only five starts in the WSL, including last time out against Manchester City.
HEAD TO HEAD
United have won each of the last six matches between these sides in all competitions, in a run that started in November 2018 in the Women’s Championship. The Reds have also scored 20 goals across those games, and conceded just three times.
Our last victory in this match-up came during a comprehensive 4-1 victory back in April, when a brace from Ella Toone plus goals from Jess Sigsworth and Christen Press kept the side hot on the heels of Arsenal in the race for a fourth-place finish.
Here are the remaining fixtures from the weekend's upcoming action:
SATURDAY 6 NOVEMBER
Aston Villa vs Chelsea (12:30 GMT)
Everton vs Brighton & Hove Albion (17:30 GMT)
SUNDAY 7 NOVEMBER
Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United (12:15 GMT)
Leicester City vs Manchester City (14:00 GMT)
Birmingham City vs Reading (14:00 GMT)
Arsenal vs West Ham United (18:45 GMT)