Lucy Staniforth (37 Manchester United) during the Womens FA Cup fourth round match between Burnley and Manchester United at the Lancashire FA Ground, United Kingdom - Image by Lexy Ilsley/Sports Press Photo

‘We are desperate to win something’ – Manchester United’s Staniforth itching for silverware

Manchester United midfielder Lucy Staniforth says that the club are desperate to win a major trophy.

The Red Devils took a small step forward in their quest for Vitality Women’s FA Cup glory this afternoon as they defeated Burnley 6-0 in their fourth round tie.

Speaking in the post-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present, Staniforth commented that the club are very keen to begin their collection of major honours at the Leigh Sports Village.

“We are desperate to win something,” said Staniforth. “The men’s side of the club have history, especially with the FA Cup. If we can start to build our own history, that would be really special.

“I’ve played in two finals and I want to play in a third and win it because the last two I’ve lost. That’s my aim.”

Staniforth scored her first United goal as she chipped home keeper Lauren Bracewell for her side’s third of the afternoon. Looking back on the team’s performance, the midfielder said that she was proud of their efforts.

“I was really proud of our performance,” she said. “I think sometimes when you play opposition lower down the pyramid, it is easy to lower your standards but I felt like especially in the first half, we pushed really hard and we obviously could have had more goals but I am really proud of the girls.”

Staniforth netted her goal off the back of a sublime pass from Spaniard Ona Batlle. When talking about the goal, she revealed that Batlle has been compared with a player from the blue side of Manchester.

“I was winding her (Batlle) up saying that she plays like Joao Cancelo for Man City,” Staniforth joked. “It was like one of his assists, she put it on a plate for me and I just had to chip it around the keeper.”

Manchester United’s reward for this afternoon’s victory is a home fixture against Leicester City in the fifth round.

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