Manchester, England, March 27th 2022: Marc Skinner (Manchester United head coach) after the Barclays Women's Super League game between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford in Manchester, England - Image by Natalie Mincher / SPP

Skinner wants Manchester United to strike fear into FA Cup opponents Southampton

Manchester United head coach Marc Skinner says that his side must try to strike fear into Adobe Women’s FA Cup fifth round opponents Southampton.

The Red Devils face the Barclays Women’s Championship title hopefuls at Silverlake Stadium in Eastleigh this afternoon.

When speaking in the pre-match press conference, Skinner said that his side must try to strike fear into what he sees as a fearless opponent.

“Marieanne [Spacey-Cale] has got them playing some really nice football, they’re a very good team to watch, they’re good on the eye and they have some very good players,” Skinner said.

“I like the youthful vibe about them as well, there’s no fear from them. I expect a ‘no fear’ game from them against us but we have to put in a performance that strikes fear into them, we have to perform like that.

“I’m really looking forward to the game and I’m sure Southampton are too. We have got to be our special selves and put every bit of attitude, aggression and professionalism into the game and we know we have the qualities to win it.

“It won’t be easy but we’ve got to be focused on what we can achieve. We have to do everything in our power to play well.”

The Adobe Women’s FA Cup is Manchester United’s best chance of winning silverware this season, however, Skinner is not putting any extra importance on this afternoon’s fifth round tie.

He said “Every game is important to us, so I’m not placing any more importance on this game because it’s a cup game in a knockout competition. I don’t enter games thinking that, I don’t think it’s healthy. I think you have to enter the game knowing that you have to put your best performance in to win it.

“It’s important for the players, staff and fans because we want to win things, we are ambitious. We want to focus on the performance, focus on the game which is against a very good team and if we do that, we have every chance to progress. We don’t know what is going to happen beyond that, all we can do is control our performance.”

Manchester United’s Adobe Women’s FA Cup fifth round tie at Southampton kicks-off at 2pm.

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