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Man United & Man City Women both rack up wins in the League Cup

Both Manchester sides were in action this weekend in the FA Women’s Super League Cup. Man United faced Everton while Man City faced Birmingham.

Man United have been storming the Super League. Meanwhile, Man City have been struggling.

Nick Cushing’s’ side were recently knocked out of the Champions League. They lost to Arsenal in the league and to Man United in the FA Cup.

However, Casey Stoney’s side have beaten the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham, Reading and now they can add Everton to that list.

Man United

The Red Devil’s travelled to Everton. They managed a 3-0 win. It’s hard to believe that this Man United side were only promoted this season, let alone formed a couple of years ago.

Goals from Lauren James, Katie Zelem and Amy Turner meant that Man United won. This also takes them to the top of their FA Cup group.

Man City

Nick Cushing’s side hosted Birmingham City. After a few disappointing weeks, they managed a 2-1 win.

Ellen White opened the scoring against her former club. Caroline Weir also got her name on the score sheet after scoring a screamer. This takes Man City to 3rd in the group.

2 Undroppable players Man United Women can’t afford to not be in the starting 11

Man United Women are unstoppable at the minute. They will be looking to do even better against Everton this weekend.

Casey Stoney’s side are showing the Women’s Super League what they are made of. They are currently 4th in the league.

Man United have managed to beat Reading 2-0 recently. They managed to beat Man City in the league and even beat Liverpool.

At the start of the season, they lost to Man City. It looked like they might struggle in this league. However, they have proven everyone wrong.

With that in mind, here’s two players who have been standing out recently and should stay in the starting 11…

Jess Sigsworth

The striker has been on top form recently. Especially when it comes to scoring.

She managed to score against Man City and Reading. This looks to have given her confidence.

Katie Zelem

The new Man United Captain has taken her new role very seriously. It also seems to have been an effective decision.

She has also delivered a couple of goals so far this season. One against Liverpool and one against Man City. This should drive her for more.

‘Did the clocks go back 6 years?’ Man United fans react to their win

Man United faced Norwich this weekend. In an eventful game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side finally got a few goals and all three points.

After a draw with Liverpool last weekend and a successful Europa clash midweek, Man United were looking for a win this weekend.

They managed to beat Norwich 3-1. However, it was an eventful game.

Scott McTominay opened the scoring after 21 minutes. VAR then played it’s first big part in the game. It overturned a penalty decision for Man United but Rashford’s shot was saved.

Marcus Rashford then made up for his miss by putting Man United 2-0 up. However, an exact repeat happened again. VAR gave a penalty for handball but Rashford’s attempt was saved yet again.

Martial then put the Red’s 3-0 up in the second half and Norwich responded a little later. However, it wasn’t enough to stop Man United.

Here’s your reaction’s…

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Man Utd fans react to the women’s side latest victory – ‘Currently better performance than the men’s team’

Man United women haven’t had the best start to the Women’s Super League. However, this weekend they faced Tottenham and things seemed to be changing.

Casey Stoney’s side has struggled to claim points in the highest tier of English women’s football. However, they haven’t had the worst performances.

The losses they’ve had to face so far haven’t been big ones. They’ve always been marginally close. This weekend saw them take on Tottenham away and win 3-0.

Kirsty Hanson, Jane Ross and an own goal were to thank for the win and the clean sheet. Although Lauren James was shown a red card in the later stages of the game, this performance was a lot better from the reds.

This has taken them up to 4th in the league and here are your reactions…

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Man City Women looking to continue their great start this weekend…

Nick Cushing’s side has had a brilliant start to their season in all areas. The Football Manc Cave is taking you through what’s to come this weekend.

I went to Man City’s first game of the season at the Etihad against Man United women and even though they won 1-0, they didn’t impress too much as it seemed a little bit sloppy. A lot of fans said that their performance would need to improve if they were going to contend for the title.

I know they still have some improvements to make, however, their recent score sheets prove that they are working on their mistakes and as a Man City Women’s fan, I am happy.

Form:

So they took all three points on the opening game of the season and they had their Champions League opening clash. They travelled to Lugano and won 7-1. They then came back to the UK and played Reading away and won 2-0.

They’ve managed to keep two league clean sheets and win, then they’ve managed to succeed in the Champions League. However, Everton has also opened their campaign with a 1-0 win and a 2-0 win so they are joint top of the Women’s Super League.

This Week:

This Sunday at 2pm will see Man City take on Leicester City Women at home in the FA WSL Cup. So this is another competition they will try to succeed in. It shouldn’t be too much of a problem for the Blues as Leicester are in the Women’s Super League 2 and sit at 10th out of 11th. Although, anything can happen.

And that’s why Man City need to stay focused, as they will then have their second leg of the Champions League a few days after this clash with Leicester. The weekend after they will play Everton away, and they will both be looking to beat one another to fight for that top spot.

Team News:

In terms of who’s been playing well and should remain in that starting line up, goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck has been brilliant and been receiving a lot of praise. She kept Man City in the game against United and she has been just as consistent with the other games.

Caroline Weir has shown what she can do with the ball from a great distance and Pauline Bremer has also been performing brilliantly as she scored both goals against Reading. She has returned from injury and showed what she is capable of. Let’s hope the Blues can keep it up.

What Man United Women’s Starting 11 against Man City could look like – Agree?

Casey Stoney had a successful first year as manager of Manchester United Women, now its time for the Football Manc Cave to look at her squad ahead of a tough season.

The newly formed team managed a promotion to the Women’s Super League, now their manager has started forming her squad for the next campaign. Stoney wished four players, Devlin, Hartley, Roberts and Salmon well, as she released them from her squad at the end of the season. Now she has welcomed Jane Ross, Abbie McManus and Jackie Groenen.

Here’s my prediction for what the starting eleven could look like as Man United start their season. I’ve added two new players in the starting line up which might not work, as they won’t have found their place in the team properly. I’ve simply picked out who I think should start to give Man City the toughest of games. I’ll talk you through my thinking and who I would have as back up in case the team seems to fail.

Chamberlain has to start, she’s the obvious pick and Emily Ramsey on the bench in case the keeper has an injury. To help the keeper out in defence, of course, I’ve gone with the captain, Alex Greenwood. She’ll return from the heartache of the Lionesses’ World Cup semi-final result hungry for a strong 2019/20 campaign. I’ve picked Amy Turner to help out along with Martha Harris.

I’ve then made my first controversial choice in starting newly signed Abbie McManus. She has spent the past 12 years at Man City and signed for their rivals at the end of the season. Her experience in the WSL is exactly what Man United need to consider in their opening game. She’ll know what to look out for against her old team mates. Squad numbers haven’t yet been announced but with the number 12 being available, it might be quite fitting after her 12 years at City.

Midfield

In midfield, I thought that three players who proved to also be goal scorers for the reds last year could be beneficial in their opening game alongside the new addition. Lauren James is the youngest member of the squad who found the back of the net multiple times last year. Katie Zelem is loved by the fans along with Mollie Green. To join them, I picked a new signing, Jackie Groenen who could take the number 14 spot. Aimee Palmer is an option in case the formation isn’t working.

Attackers

And finally, United’s Golden Boot Winner, Jess Sigsworth along with another new signing, Jane Ross. She was only announced this week as a newbie to the club, but her experience in the WSL with West Ham has influenced me to pick her to start. Ella Toone and Leah Galton should also be back up in case the line up really isn’t working.

How Man City Women’s line up could look like against Man Utd Women

Before the Women’s Super League gets started, the Football Manc Cave has predicted what we think Man City’s opening team could look like.

A few days ago it was revealed that the blues will face their newly promoted rivals, Manchester United, to start off the new season. A lot of Nick Cushing’s side have been out in France competing in the World Cup. They may come back a little deflated but hopefully, the players know that they have drawn in a much bigger number of fans than ever before.

With that being said, I’ve picked out what I think could be the starting 11 players for their opening game against Casey Stoney’s side.

The obvious choice for the ‘keepers position has to be Bardsley, after her impressive World Cup form. Roebuck should be on the bench as she did get a few starts last season, and will probably be eased into the squad more and more as the season goes on.

Defenders

City’s back four are extremely strong and all quite versatile in terms of positions. I’ve picked Morgan, Bonner, Stokes and obviously the captain, Steph Houghton. I was so impressed by her World Cup performance and had so much sympathy for her when she missed the penalty in the semi-final. I hope she’s not too hard on herself, comes back fighting and helps Man City win the Super League this season. There’s always the options of Campbell and Fidalgo as back up.

Midfielders

The midfield line up that I’ve gone with is consistent and strong with Weir, Walsh and another Lioness stand out, Jill Scott. I’ve also included new signing Laura Coombs who I think will have a really successful time at the Manchester side.

Strikers

The hardest part of picking this team has definitely been the strikers. If Cushing’s didn’t already have a long list of forwards to choose from, they definitely do now with Ellen White being added to the options.

I know that Man City will treat the derby just like the men’s teams and fans do, and they will be out to win. This is why I think White will be given a chance after the World Cup performance that she produced, and Stanway should be her partner up front. They have the options of Wullaert, Beckie, Bremer and Hemp on the bench.

2 reasons why Man United Women should be excited for Dutch ace to start

On May 22nd, Jackie Groenen became Man United’s first overseas signing and she has us at the Football Manc Cave excited. So what can they expect from her?

If you’ve been keeping up with the Women’s World Cup, Groenen is a name that you may recognise as she’s just managed to reach the final. After the competition is over, she will have another task on her hands, that task being Manchester United.

Casey Stoney made her the first signing that Man United women have made from another country, as the team that was founded in 2018 consisted of all British players. Fans are already anticipating her Man United debut and here’s a couple of things to expect.

Experience

The Red Devil’s women’s side managed to gain promotion to the Women’s Super League at the end of last season and it will prove to be tough. One positive is that Groenen is no stranger to the Women’s Super League.

In 2014 she signed for Chelsea, in a year she scored 2 goals in 20 appearances. Now that she’s had a couple of years with other clubs, international games and the chance to grow as a player. She should be ready for a successful return to the WSL, which could be the difference for Man United’s campaign.

Goals

She may be a midfielder but you can expect her to find the back of the net occasionally and when she does, they’ll be screamers. After her spell at Chelsea, she signed for FFC Frankfurt. The 24-year-old scored 13 goals in 79 games for her club, she’s also netted 3 goals for the Netherlands in 53 caps.

I’m not saying she will be able to make a difference to the score in every match Man United play. After all, she will have to find her feet again as she returns to this tier of football. Although I can guarantee that when she does land a goal, it will be at a crucial time.

Groenen scored the only goal of the game in the Netherland’s World Cup Semi-Final against Sweden. It was a brilliant goal and I am praying she can produce a couple of the same against the USA in today’s final. On behalf of England, come on The Netherlands and come on Jackie!

‘Manchester derby to start the new season ‘ Man City & Man Utd fans react to opening day fixture for Women’s Super League

Photo Cred: Man City

The opening fixtures for the Women’s Super League are here. 

With the Women’s World Cup bringing in so many more viewers and women’s football, in general, making a change to how people are viewing women in sport. It’s safe to say that the Women’s Super League will now also see more interest. 

With that in mind, when the World Cup is over, the leagues will start their season and fixtures have been highly anticipated. With City in a battle for the title and United recently promoted, everyone has been questioning when the opening games would be announced. Well, the Super League listened and today they announced everyone’s opening match. 

Man City will host, drumroll please… 

Manchester United. 

What a great opening, people are now taking note of women’s football a lot more, sitting up and taking note. Fans are very excited about this, no confirmation has yet arrived to when this will be, but a lot of people are suggesting that the matches be played at the Etihad and Old Trafford to draw in bigger audiences. Some also are eager to know the rest of the fixtures which will be released on the 10th of July.


Photo Credit: Manchester City Twitter

Revolving door: Man City women’s 2 in, 2 out before the window shuts

Who should Man City Women sign and release before they get their 2019/20 season under way?

Man City had a great 2nd place finish in the Women’s Super League last season but this year they will face rivals and newly promoted Manchester United. Another tester for the blues is that a lot of their team are out in France at the minute for the Women’s World Cup. Players such as Karen Bardsley, Steph Houghton and Jill Scott are all making names for themselves.

Ellen White and Nikita Parris are two other big names who are currently proving themselves for the Lionesses. Parris has just left City at the end of the season and White has just signed for them so with this in mind, I’ve had a think about two more players who could leave Manchester City and two who could join them.

Millie Bright

A very unlikely name to join the Manchester side as she has confidently been with Chelsea Women since 2015. However, the 25-year-old could be excited by a change as she hasn’t been around a lot. The main reason why I suggested the defender is because I’ve been watching her partnership with City’s captain, Steph Houghton in the World Cup and I think the pair compliment each other brilliantly. I can imagine them working together week in week out.

Sam Kerr

The Australian captain has been rumoured to be interested in a move to a European team and Man City should throw themselves at her. She has been a big name for Chicago Red Stars and her national team. She is a proven goal scorer after bagging 4 in one game for Australia and she could be exactly what City need for an even better season.

Pauline Bremer

It was hard to make a decision on which players could leave City but the 23-year old’s Manchester arrival came as part of a deal that saw Lucy Bronze leave to go to Lyon. Bremer looked promising but unfortunately, she broke her leg when she joined which kept her out for 13 months. Now that she is recovered, she may benefit from a spell at another team until she can come back to City and start permanently.

Lauren Hemp

The 18-year-old started her career at Bristol City where she did win Young Player Of The Year before she signed for City. This shows the potential that the youngster has, however, since joining the blues, she’s only had 9 appearances since last year but she has scored two goals in that time. With her age and being at a club like Man City, she has the perfect opportunity to develop into a great player, I just think she could benefit from a loan spell somewhere else for a few months to see how she gets on.

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