Supporters cheer Manchester United Women before the game Manchester United Women v West Ham United Ladies, FA Continental Tyres League Cup Quarter-Final football match, Leigh Sports Village, Leigh, UK - 09 Jan 2019 Photo: Jon Super for The FA

WEEKLY UPDATE: Manchester United Barmy Army #3

Welcome to the latest weekly update from the Manchester United Barmy Army.

In our previous update, we were hoping for two big wins from our games against Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur and the girls yet again did not disappoint.

A bitterly cold Wednesday night brought our FA Women’s Continental League Cup quarter-final against Brighton & Hove Albion. The game produced non-stop drama with several chances for both the hosts and the visitors. We went ahead through a tap in courtesy of Abbie McManus (her first goal for the club), before Jane Ross put us 2-0 up following a missed penalty for The Seagulls. The game finished 2-1 as Brighton & Hove Albion pulled one back with a late penalty. Away from the match, the Barmy Army got Jackie Groenen and Aurora Mikalsen to record video messages to two of our Malaysian fans to thank them for all their support, which they were both delighted with.

Manchester United Barmy Army enjoy a photoshoot with United players

We entered the FA Women’s Continental League Cup semi-final draw alongside rivals Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal. We have learnt that Chelsea are the team to stand between us and a spot in the final. The game will be held at Leigh Sports Village on Wednesday 29 January and will kick-off at 7.30pm.

A foggy Sunday brought our clash against fellow newly-promoted side Tottenham Hotspur, as 1,800 fans turned out. It took 58 minutes before we broke the deadlock through a Katie Zelem penalty, as both sides had squandered several chances. The midfielder added a second goal to her tally through yet another set piece, this time with a perfectly placed free-kick after Jess Sigsworth had put us 2-0 up. Ella Toone was brought on in the 70th minute before receiving a red card for an incident following a challenge from a Tottenham Hotspur player. Not much was seen unfortunately, as the fog hindered any view of the far side of the pitch where the incident took place.

Following the final whistle, the Barmy Army presented Lauren James with our Player of the Year trophy for 2019, as voted by our Twitter readers. Pre-match, we also met up with Norwegian reporter Hakon who presented our Nordic star Mikalsen (and members of the Barmy Army) with magazines, which featured an interview which they did together.

Natalie presents Lauren James with her Player of the Year award

Our next game sees us take on arch rivals Manchester City in the Women’s FA Cup on Saturday in a game which is scheduled to kick-off at 12.45pm. Our previous meeting with them saw us run out 2-0 victors in the group stage of the FA Women’s Continental League Cup thanks to goals from Zelem and Sigsworth. Hopefully, we can replicate that result and progress to the next round of the Women’s FA Cup. We would love to see as many of you join us for the game and with an unofficial segregated seating policy, make sure you take your place and buy tickets for the West Stand.

If you fancy an away day with the Barmy Army, our next trip is to Reading on the 2 February. If you wish to travel with us, please get in touch on our twitter @barmyarmyTRAVEL, for more details. Act now to secure your place with seats limited, to avoid disappointment.

Manchester United Barmy Army fans in the stands

With two exciting ties ahead, make sure you join us and support the girls and give them the support they need to go on and claim cup success.

The Barmy Army (@barmyarmyMUWFC)

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