How to follow City vs United Women

Friday 11 February 2022 12:02

Manchester United Women will travel to crosstown rivals Manchester City this weekend, bidding to record our first-ever WSL success over the Blues.

The Reds performed valiantly during our recent 1-1 draw with Arsenal last Saturday, with Marc Skinner’s side looking to build upon our strong recent domestic form. 

Having still not lost in the league this calendar year, United will hope to continue that run with a positive result on derby day, come Sunday afternoon.

Ahead of the 12:30 GMT kick-off at the Academy Stadium, here’s all the information you need to know...

Galton named WSL Player of the Month


Leah’s fine performances in January have seen her claim the league’s first monthly award of the new year!


Sunday's game will be played in front of a sell-out crowd at the Academy Stadium and if you don't have a ticket, you can still follow the match on TV, with it being shown live in the UK on BBC Two. The broadcaster's coverage will get under way 15 minutes prior to the first whistle, at 12:15 BST. Alternatively, you can also keep up to date with all the action via our Official App, where we will bring you the team news, as well as further coverage at half-time and full-time.


United Women’s boss Skinner confirmed in his pre-match briefing that Lucy Staniforth successfully underwent an operation on her knee earlier this week, with the 29-year-old now in the early stages of her road to rehabilitation.

January signing Jade Moore is also nearing a return to full fitness, with the Reds’ boss adding: “Jade is just now back on the pitch jogging and we’re seeing a progression there. Apart from that, everyone’s fit and raring to go.” 

Skinner's preview: City (A) Video

Skinner's preview: City (A)

Marc looks ahead to Sunday’s derby, as well as giving an insight into our current mindset and the latest team news...


Coming into the game off the back of our a 1-1 draw with the Gunners last week, United will be bidding to make it six games unbeaten in the WSL. 

Currently occupying third place in the division's table, the Reds will be looking to close the gap on Chelsea, who sit three points ahead of us in second place. 

As for rivals City, the Blues have started 2022 in fine fettle, losing just one of eight games played so far this calendar year. 

Despite being down in sixth place prior to this weekend’s round of fixtures, Gareth Taylor’s side could close the gap on United to just two points with victory on Sunday.

Skinner wins January WSL prize


Our head coach has been named the league’s Manager of the Month for the second time in a row.


Facing off seven times in total since 2019, the Reds are still in the hunt for their first league success over our intercity rivals. 

Skinner’s side did however defeat the Blues during our Continental Tyres League Cup campaign, just as we did in 2019/20 and 2020/21, back in November. 

The Blues had taken an early lead in the contest at Leigh Sports Village, but goals from both Ivana Fuso and Ona Batlle ensured a first derby win for the current United boss, after the sides drew 2-2 in the WSL's reverse fixture, earlier in the season. 
The Reds have been hard at work during training this week, in preparation for Sunday's derby.


A full round of WSL fixtures are scheduled for this weekend, with the first of the six matches taking place later this evening (Friday)...


Chelsea v Arsenal (19:45 GMT)


Manchester City v UNITED (12:30 GMT)
Everton v Aston Vila (13:00 GMT)
Birmingham v Tottenham Hotspur
Leicester City v West Ham United
Brighton & Hove Albion v Reading

All kick-offs are 14:00 GMT unless stated.