Ranked: United Women’s most historic derby games

Wednesday 15 November 2023 16:22

History beckons for Manchester United on Sunday, as we welcome City to M16 for the first-ever women’s derby at Old Trafford.

With over 40,000 tickets sold, we’re on course to surpass our previous record attendance for the team at the Theatre of Dreams, which currently stands at 30,196. 

If previous encounters are anything to go by, goals can be expected between these two sides - with nine of our 12 games seeing two or more scored. 

Ahead of another instalment of this historic fixture, we’re taking a look back at three notable match-ups between the pair.

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Manchester City 1-0 United (2019/2020)

It is not often a defeat will make it onto a list like this, especially when there have been so many breathless encounters between United and City, but this one marked a pivotal moment in our short history. 

After our inaugural season since the reforming of the women’s team, in which we the Championship, we were promoted to the Women’s Super League. Our first game would be an occasion to savour – a derby held at the Etihad Stadium. 

While Caroline Weir’s second-half goal was the sole difference-maker that saw the home side edge victory, but there is no denying we went toe-to-toe with City for the full 90 minutes, a clear indication that we belonged at this level. This fixture has only got more competitive over the years, but this WSL curtain-raiser marks a notable chapter for our growth. 
United 2-2 Manchester City (2020/2021)

Our second pick comes from the 2020/21 campaign, with a special kind of comeback to prevent the Blues from snatching all three points on home turf. 

The visitors took a two-goal lead into half-time, courtesy of Chloe Kelly and Laura Coombs. The Reds, however, turned it around in the second half with a rocket strike from Tobin Heath and equaliser from Kirsty Hanson. 

Neither side would go on to find a winner, but the second-half display from United showed our mentality and provided an afternoon to remember for the Leigh Sports Village faithful. 
United 2-1 Manchester City (2022/23)

Coming in at the top is undeniably last year’s excellent 2-1 victory over our rivals in front of an electric Leigh Sports Village crowd. A red card, a Fergie-time goal, unforgettable atmosphere? This game had it all. 

LSV was rocking before kick-off, but Hayley Ladd’s sublime strike in the opening two minutes raised the roof and silenced the away end instantaneously. Drama would ensue in the build-up to half-time when City keeper Ellie Roebuck was given her marching orders by the referee. Despite being a player down, Filippa Angeldal’s second-half goal got Gareth Taylor’s side back on level terms heading into a tense final 20 minutes. 

So many times last term, Skinner’s side proved that no matter what, we would push until the very end to find a way to win the game - and that is exactly what we did. It was the combination of midfielder Vilde Boe Risa, and Lucia Garcia, from the bench which saw the latter pop up in the final minutes with a memorable winner. 

Not only was it the goal that all but secured our inclusion in the 2023/2024 UEFA Women’s Champions League, but it also put the European competition out of reach for our cross-city rivals.