Women's FA Cup preview: Burnley v United

Manchester United Women will make the short trip to Burnley on Sunday hoping to progress to the fifth round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup.

The clarets earned a hard-fought win over Sunderland in the previous round, beating the north-east side on penalties last weekend. Sunday’s tie will be historic for Burnley, as it will represent the highest level of opposition they have ever faced. 

It will also be an opportunity for Casey Stoney’s side to get back to winning ways after a disappointing run which has seen us lose two of our last three games.

Here is everything you need to know ahead of the match…

The game, which kicks off at 14:00 BST on Sunday afternoon, is being shown live on MUTV but due to competition rules, this will only be available for subscribers who are watching in the UK.


It has been a difficult season for United post-Christmas in the WSL, with defeats against several sides near the top of the table. We last tasted victory against West Ham United on 27 March, when goals from Lauren James and Christen Press helped us to a 2-0 win. This weekend's game will be the Reds’ first match of the FA cup campaign. 

As for the hosts, Burnley are currently eighth in the National League Northern Premier Division, although they have played fewer games than most teams in the league.


Tobin Heath, Ivana Fuso and Leah Galton are still out with long-term injuries, while Alessia Russo isn’t expected to be back in time for the encounter.


This is our third season playing in the competition. In our first campaign, 2018/19, we made it past Brighton & Hove Albion and Lewes before eventually being eliminated by Reading at the quarter-final stage, coming out on the wrong side of an entertaining 3-2 affair. Meanwhile, last season we lost by the same scoreline against eventual champions Manchester City in the fourth round.



It is a jammed-packed scheduled across the country, with 16 games to played over the weekend. 

Friday 16 April 
Chelsea vs London City (19:00 BST) 

Saturday 17 April 
Manchester City vs Aston Villa (12:00 BST) 

Sunday 18 April 
Birmingham City vs Coventry United (12:30 BST) 
West Ham United vs Chichester City (13:00 BST) 
Arsenal vs Gillingham 
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Bristol City 
Crystal Palace vs London Bees 
Everton vs Durham 
Huddersfield Town vs Derby County
Leicester City v Liverpool
Lewes v Southampton FC 
Middlesbrough v Sheffield United
Oxford United v Charlton Athletic
Reading vs Tottenham Hotspur
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Blackburn (15:00 BST)

*All matches kick-off at 14:00 BST unless stated otherwise.


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