21 minsPost updateMan Utd 0-0 Man CityCity aren’t quite at it yet. Caroline Weir pounces on a misplaced United pass but wastes the chance to send Ellen White through with an over-hit ball that keeper Mary Earps collects.19 minsPost updateMan Utd 0-0 Man CityIt’s not been a blood-and-thunder derby to this point. United seem content…
City aren’t quite at it yet. Caroline Weir pounces on a misplaced United pass but wastes the chance to send Ellen White through with an over-hit ball that keeper Mary Earps collects.
It’s not been a blood-and-thunder derby to this point. United seem content to let City have the majority of possession but most of it is in the visitors’ own half.
United will be happy enough with the opening portion of this game, having kept City at arms’ length for much of it but that chance for Ellen White was a reminder they have to be switched on throughout.
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City’s final pass is just being overhit – there have been three examples in the past few minutes. But looking at the first 16 minutes, they’re getting the ball into those forward areas more than United.
City happy to control possession in the early stages here. They are a side used to being able to brush aside the opposition but they know from their two previous derbies with United this season that that probably won’t be the case today.
Manchester City and England striker Ellen White gets us under way at Leigh Sports Village.
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The big item of team news is that in-form Manchester City striker Pauline Bremer has to settle for a place on the bench, despite the German forward having netted eight goals in her past five games.
Tessa Wullaert replaces Bremer in one of two City changes from their Women’s Super League win at Birmingham City six days ago, the other seeing Georgia Stanway continue to occasionally fill in as a makeshift right-back as she comes in for Janine Beckie.
Hosts United, meanwhile, make one change from their 3-0 WSL win over Tottenham on Sunday as Kirsty Hanson replaces Leah Galton in Casey Stoney’s starting XI. United, interestingly, name only six substitutes.
Man Utd: Earps, A Turner, McManus, M Turner, Smith, Zelem, Ladd, Groenen, Sigsworth, Ross, Hanson.
Substitutes: Mikalsen, Harris, Okvist, Palmer, James, Arnot.
Man City: Roebuck, Stokes, Bonner, Houghton, Stanway, Weir, Walsh, Hemp, Scott, Wullaert, White.
Substitutes: Benameur, Coombs, Bremer, Toland, Park, Bissell, Fidalgo.
BBC Sport will be showing at least one match in every round of this season’s Women’s FA Cup.
You’ll also be able to follow England’s progress at the SheBelieves Cup with us too. Phil Neville’s side will go into that tournament as the defending champions.