FA Women’s National League North side Burnley will hope to cause a major upset this afternoon when they take on Barclays FA Women’s Super League heavyweights Manchester United in a Vitality Women’s FA Cup fourth round tie at The County Ground in Leyland.
The Clarets were not permitted to play during the period of UK lockdown due to being classed as ‘non-elite’ but Matt Bee’s side have returned to action in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup and have seen off both AFC Fylde and Sunderland to set up a fourth round showdown with Casey Stoney’s star-studded Manchester United side.
Burnley boss Bee has said that his side will not change their own identity for their higher tier opponents, comments that suggest that The Clarets will not be content with just sitting back and trying to stifle The Red Devils.
Captain Lauren Bracewell was the hero for Burnley last weekend as they defeated Sunderland on penalty kicks in their third round tie. She saved three penalty kicks as The Clarets went on to claim that historic fourth round tie. The Burnley side could include defender Kenedy Owen, a former Manchester United Development player, while many other members of Bee’s squad have grown up in the Lancashire footballing environment.
Manchester United boss Stoney could rest several members of her squad for the fixture following a heavy period of international football. Alessia Russo, Leah Galton and Ivana Fuso remain sidelined while Tobin Heath has returned to the United States in a bid to regain fitness for this summer’s Olympic Games following a recent setback.
Burnley’s Vitality Women’s FA Cup fourth round tie against Manchester United kicks-off at 2pm and will be available for fans to stream live on Clarets+ and MUTV.