Manchester City are taking fans back to the first-ever Manchester derby in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League when they broadcast a re-run of September’s meeting with Manchester United at The Etihad Stadium on their City+ channel this afternoon.
City started the 2019/2020 campaign keen to beat rivals Arsenal and Chelsea to the league title but Nick Cushing’s side were expecting a real test on opening day from a Manchester United side who won the FA Women’s Championship last season.
We preview this afternoon’s re-run and look at the team news ahead of what was a thrilling derby fixture.
Manchester City ended last season seven points adrift of eventual champions Arsenal. Manager Cushing made a number of impressive signings to strengthen his squad over the summer including Aoife Mannion and Ellen White from Birmingham City and South Korean international forward Lee Geum-Min. Midfielder Keira Walsh had received transfer interest over the close season and looked set to leave the club but performed a late u-turn to stay.
Defender Mannion was set for a debut appearance against Manchester United but the bad news for City boss Cushing was the injury sustained by FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 Bronze Boot winner White.
Manchester United had retained the majority of their promotion-winning squad other than left-back Alex Greenwood who left the club to join European champions Lyon. Her replacement Lotta Okvist was in-line for a start against City while manager Casey Stoney would also call upon fellow new signings Mary Earps, Hayley Ladd, Abbie McManus, Jackie Groenen and Jane Ross.
Over 30,000 fans were expected to attend the derby match at The Etihad Stadium, breaking the Barclays FA Women’s Super League’s attendance record in the process. City and United would go on to meet in each domestic competition during the 2019/2020 campaign.
This afternoon’s re-run will be shown on City+ from 5pm. Manchester City will also be showing the men’s 2011/2012 Manchester derby at Old Trafford from 3pm. Details of how to subscribe to City+ can be found here.
DOUBLE DERBY MATCHDAY! 🔵🔴
3pm – United v City 11/12
5pm – City v United WSL 19/20
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— Manchester City (@ManCity) April 11, 2020