Manchester United fans in the stands Manchester United Women v Arsenal Women WSL football match, Leigh Sports Village, Leigh, UK - 16 Sep 2019 Photo: Paul Currie for The FA

WEEKLY UPDATE: Manchester United Barmy Army #1

Welcome to the first ever Manchester United Barmy Army weekly round-up.

We hope to keep everyone informed of news from our supporter’s club and tell you of all our stories following our girls around the country. First of all, we would like to wish all our supporters a Happy New Year and we hope everyone had a lovely Christmas.

The new year brought a fresh round of fixtures in the FA Women’s Super League as we played host to Bristol City at the Leigh Sports Village. The game held the potential for us to become the first newly-promoted team to win five home games in a row. Unfortunately, Casey Stoney and the girls fell to a 0-1 loss as they produced a below par performance, far below their usual standard.

The Robins started the game without a single win so far this season but they produced a superb display which they deserve credit for. We fell behind to a goal from Ebony Salmon, who departed our club in the summer having been deprived of any real chances to perform. Despite our best attempts to fight back, it just seemed like one of those days where the ball just wouldn’t go in the back of the net, as we hit the bar and squandered many chances away. The game was largely hampered by time-wasting tactics used by The Robins and their keeper Sophie Baggaley which infuriated us home fans.

The game also brought the opportunity to meet fans of Bristol City Women Supporters Club including fellow writer Rich Paish, as we exchanged club badges. The game also saw his son join the ranks of the Barmy Army and sit amongst us. We were hugely disappointed in the result but the team will learn from today as we look forward to our next game.

This weekend brings a trip to Prenton Park as we face off against Liverpool in the FA Women’s Super League who we beat 2-0 back in September. Revisiting Prenton Park brings its own magic as we return to the venue where we played our first-ever game following the reformation of the team. We won 1-0 on that historic day courtesy of a goal from Lizzie Arnot. It will be interesting to see how we fare this time around. We hope to see as many fans as possible on Merseyside, although we will be providing no travel support for this game.

If you fancy an away day with the Barmy Army, our next trip is to Reading on 2 February. To book please contact us on our twitter @barmyarmyTRAVEL.

Likewise, to become an official member of our supporters’ club (free of charge) contact us by email at Muwsc@mail.co.uk. Please provide full name, date of birth and a contact E-mail. Alternatively, come and speak to us on match days, you’ll normally find us on the back row singing so just follow the noise!

Enjoy this weekend’s action and we will be back with another update next week.

The Barmy Army (@barmyarmyMUWFC)

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