The pitch at Leigh Sports Village is seen 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

PREVIEW: Manchester United v Chelsea

Manchester United and Chelsea will be looking to reach the final of the FA Women’s Continental League Cup for the first time when they contest a semi-final tie at the Leigh Sports Village on Wednesday evening.

Both sides have reached the semi-final stage of the competition before but they are yet to take one step further and appear in the final.

Manchester United go into the match on the back of their 3-2 derby defeat to Manchester City at the Leigh Sports Village in the fourth round of the Women’s FA Cup on Saturday. Casey Stoney’s side were punished for some sloppy play in that match while the outcome of the game may have been different had an Abbie McManus effort have been adjudged to have gone fully over the goal-line, video footage of the chance proving inconclusive.

United saw off the threat of a stubborn Brighton & Hove Albion side in their quarter-final tie, Stoney’s side winning 2-1 on home soil.

Chelsea arrive in the North West having scored three or more goals in each of their last five matches in all competitions. The Blues eased into the fifth round of the Women’s FA Cup at the weekend by beating struggling second tier side Charlton Athletic 4-0 at The Oakwood. Manager Emma Hayes was able to rest some of her first team players for that tie.

Manchester United and Chelsea met in the FA Women’s Super League for the first team in November at Kingsmeadow with the South West Londoners winning the match 1-0.

Wednesday’s meeting is scheduled to kick-off at 7.30pm with admission available on the night.

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