Manchester United’s involvement in this season’s Women’s FA Cup has ended at the fourth round stage after Casey Stoney’s side were defeated 3-2 by rivals Manchester City at the Leigh Sports Village yesterday.
It was a tough defeat to take for United who were punished for an individual error by defender Abbie McManus while the same player was agonisingly close to scoring at the other end but the officials ruled that the ball had not crossed the line.
It was a classic derby encounter which was embraced by both sets of fans and after the match, Manchester United fans took to Twitter to give their views on the action.
Our performances against the top 3 shows that we aren’t very far behind them, but our squad in terms of quality and depth is VERY far behind them #MUWomen
— Kristian Moe (@KristianJMoe) January 25, 2020
Gutted with that result, Where's VAR when you need it?! #MUWomen
— Freya Herzberg (@funnyhat22) January 25, 2020
Very unlucky, battered City in the 2nd half,2 good goals disallowed, Couple of players short of challenging the top3. #MUWomen
— jfield03 (@jfield03) January 25, 2020
LJ should have started. Ross is not suited to our style of play at all. #MUWomen
— Copacetic🐫 (@haighypoo) January 25, 2020
#MUWomen have lost today in FA Cup 🤭but could still have a team left in the Competition, as M̶a̶n̶c̶h̶e̶s̶t̶e̶r̶ ̶U̶n̶i̶t̶e̶d̶ ̶B̶ ̶T̶e̶a̶m̶ Sheffield United host Birmingham City Women tomorrow…
— keyboardwarrior (@Crusader118) January 25, 2020
— Natalie (@natalie_17) January 25, 2020
We lost but that was the best comeback for me. No other teams fight the top 3 the way we did and we're only 18 months old. With a few more good signings on summer window, we might even be the top 3 next season. #MUWomen
— bluppy (@bluppy89) January 25, 2020
If we lost because they outplayed us and the refs didn't make mistakes, I would have taken the result. Wouldn't have been happy because we can beat them, but it would have been better than poor refereeing impacting the result #MUWomen
— Fiona (@FSL09) January 25, 2020
Manchester United’s focus now switches to the FA Women’s Continental League Cup as they face Chelsea in the semi-finals at the Leigh Sports Village on Wednesday evening. Neither club has reached the final of the competition before and will be keen to make their own little piece of history. Chelsea were narrow 1-0 winners when the pair met in-front of a sell-out crowd at Kingsmeadow on Women’s Football Weekend in November.
The other semi-final sees Manchester City travel to Meadow Park to face Arsenal in a re-run of last season’s final in which City won on penalties meaning that another Manchester derby could yet be on the horizon.