Caroline Weir of Manchester City Women Manchester City Women vs Manchester United Women, WSL football match, Etihad Stadium, Manchester, UK - 07 Sep 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

New date for fourth Manchester derby of the season

The fourth Manchester derby of the season has been brought forward, allowing the fixture to be broadcast on live television.

Manchester United and Manchester City were set to contest their FA Women’s Super League fixture on Sunday 29 March, however, the league have announced that the match will now take place on Saturday 28 March with a 3pm kick-off. The game will be televised live on BT Sport.

The fixture should attract a healthy crowd with no English Premier League fixtures taking place during that weekend due to the international break.

Manchester City won the first derby of the season 1-0 in-front of over 31,000 fans at The Etihad Stadium with Caroline Weir netting the only goal of the game. United soon gained revenge for that defeat, beating City 2-0 at the Leigh Sports Village in the group stages of the FA Women’s Continental League Cup with Katie Zelem and Jess Sigsworth on target.

The most recent meeting of Manchester’s great rivals came in the Women’s FA Cup fourth round last month. City advanced to the last-16 with a 3-2 victory in a truly fascinating match. Ellen White netted a brace while there was also a rare goal for Jill Scott in Nick Cushing’s final Manchester derby as City boss. United thought that they had equalised with City leading 2-1 when Abbie McManus’ effort was inches either side of the line, the officials could not conclude whether the ball was fully over.

Manchester United’s clash against Manchester City is one of two games to be televised by BT Sport on the final weekend in March. Chelsea’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur will also be broadcast the following day.

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