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Two players to look out for this season for Man City Women

Nick Cushing’s Man City Women’s side should be out on a mission to win the Women’s Super League this season. The Football Manc Cave have picked out two players that should play a pivotal role in fulfilling that dream.

If you follow the Women’s Super League, you’ll know that Man City normally go head to head with Arsenal for the top spot. I along with many Man City fans are hoping that the women part of the squad who featured for the Lionesses this summer will be hungry enough to take that title.

Out of all the teams in the league, Man City women will more than likely benefit the most when it comes to fans, as a large number of the team made history with the viewing figures reaching record-breaking numbers this summer. This is definitely going to bring in more fans and with that in mind, here are two players that will stand out for Man City this season…

Ellen White

A stand out player in France and an absolutely fantastic player in general. I can’t wait to see her in action at the Etihad on the opening game of the season, as I’m sure she will be a huge part of the Blues squad this season.

The striker has only signed for Man City this summer from Birmingham City. There’s no doubt in my mind that she will deliver for Nick Cushing’s and the team as she will blend right in with the girls who played in the World Cup. Her efforts will also see Man City either win the title or get extremely close to again.

Steph Houghton

The defender has captained Man City and the Lionesses for quite some time, only now she will gain a huge interest from fans as she played a massive part of the Lionesses World Cup campaign.

I think it’s safe to say that the hearts of the nation went out to her this summer as she had to make a statement following the semi-final loss. The nation was behind the whole team but Steph is a brilliant leader who strives for the best. This is why I think she will have an amazing season as she will be motivated to put the World Cup behind her and deliver for the Blues instead.

Man City Women will be getting 2 things from their new signing

Birmingham City defender, Aofie Mannion has joined Manchester City Women on a 2-year deal. Today the Football Manc Cave looks at what she will bring to Nick Cushings’ side.

The 23-year-old is one of the most highly regarded young defenders. After 6 years at Birmingham, she has now joined Man City and will take the number 2 shirt.

A lot of the Man City women are just arriving back from France where they had semifinal heartache once again. Those girls will have to pick themselves up and get stuck in ahead of their opening fixture with Manchester United, which I am very excited to announce will be played at the Etihad Stadium.

Now what can Mannion bring to the strong Manchester side?

Aspiration

In her first interview as she signed for the club, she has talked about how she is excited to learn from Steph Houghton and Demi Stokes. This shows that she aspires to be in the same league as the Lionesses.

The defender has been a part of the England youth teams since she was under 15. So she will be hoping to also prove to Phil Neville that she’s worth it. In 2015, she was nominated for PFA player of the year and failed to win the award. However, she has been named in the Team Of The Year in the 2017/18 season and again in 2018/19. I think that proves her aspiration to grow as a player already so she can only get better.

Champions League

Man City women finished 2nd last year in the Women’s Super League and this means they will be playing in the Champions League. I presume that as well as the Women’s Super League, the team will want to do well in the competition as a lot of the girls will want to prove themselves after the World Cup.

Mannion spoke about this in her interview and stated how she had played in the Champions League once before with Birmingham City, but wanted another opportunity and now she’s got it. I hope she proves to be a crucial part of the team.

She will now be playing with some of the biggest names in women’s football, Steph Houghton, Demi Stokes, Karen Bardsley, Ellen White and Jill Scott. My guess is that she will be inspired by them and follow in their footsteps. She’ll be one to watch next season.

To Do List: Man United Women Must Tick Off These 2 Things Before The Season Starts

Man United women face their first season in the Super League so what do they need to do in preparation?

The Red Devil’s women’s side has done an amazing job of only being formed in 2018 and already being promoted from the Championship to the Super League. The fans have a huge amount of faith in manager Casey Stoney. They’ll have a really hard season with rivals Man City being in the same league and the likes of Arsenal, but they can be just as successful if they consider these couple of things.

Old Trafford

This is something the team can not do themselves but the whole of Women’s football is changing and people are viewing it in a different light. The World Cup has brought a lot of attention to the women’s sport and now, I think it’s a perfect time for Man United to push for a game to be played at Old Trafford. This week the opening fixtures were revealed and Man United will face Man City. I strongly believe that the team would benefit from playing their derby games at each other’s men’s teams’ stadiums. It will draw in a big crowd, have a good atmosphere and show the teams that they have fans behind them.

Belief

It’s obvious that United had a great debut season last season. Being promoted after one season is unbelievable and even though the team and manager will be proud, I bet they’ll be questioning whether they can keep up the standard. If they believe in themselves and push for the best, they will be an underdog team who can cause problems for the best teams in the league. I predict that they will be able to have a high league finish next season.

Fans react to another semi-final defeat with nothing but love for the Lionesses

Last night saw the Lionesses end up with more semi final heartache.

If you were not part of the record-breaking viewing figures that the Women’s World Cup semi-final brought in, you may not know that England suffered a 2-1 loss to defending champions, USA.

It was always going to be a hard game and we were not favourites to win. USA opened the scoring and a goal from Ellen White gave hope for the Lionesses until America’s captain, Alex Morgan managed to put them ahead again. VAR then ruled out another Ellen White goal, we also got awarded a penalty in which we missed and our defender Millie Bright was sent off.

As much as I would have loved us to win this game, I’m still so proud of the Lionesses with how they handled themselves throughout this competition. In my opinion, the referee’s have been horrendous throughout the whole World Cup. They’ve had no control over the games and VAR has definitely got to be discussed after this because it is totally ruining football.

All of that aside, the USA are supposed to be the best in the world but we kept up with them all night. I really think that the game last night should have been the final because they were the two best teams in the competition.

The general reaction on Twitter has been how people are proud of the team, and how they are all role models to the young generation who aspire to be footballers. There’s another reaction to USA’s captain, Alex Morgan, as she was throwing herself on the floor all the way through the game and when she scored, she pretending to be drinking tea, a stereotype for us English.

You can catch England taking home 3rd place, yes I’m that confident, on Saturday.

‘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

’12 years ago I wouldn’t have batted an eyelid at Lionesses but now I’m loving it’ 2 things we learnt from England Women’s win

I knew from before this women’s World Cup started that I would enjoy watching England and they have not disappointed.

They have done a brilliant job of reaching the Semi Final’s of the competition and I hope that they can bring it home. The 3-0 win over Norway on Thursday night saw goals from Jill Scott, Ellen White and an absolute screamer from Lucy Bronze. They will now face either USA on Tuesday. 

Even though I have praised them, I do think last night saw some sloppy play. If they make mistakes like they did last night, they will end up conceding goals against their next opponents. I think a lot of the mistakes came from the back last night. Every time I was about to say that Millie Bright looked good, she made some kind of mistake that led to Steph Houghton becoming saviour such as the goal line clearance that she made. I thought Lucy Bronze had a great game, however, she looked as if she was more focussed on grabbing a goal leaving others to cover her position.  

With that in mind, what are we all learning from the Lionesses? 

1. We learned that they can still produce goals when not playing at our absolute best. 

Putting the negativity aside, the second thing we are learning from the Lionesses is that if you a determined, you can make a change. Women’s football has come so far and they are proving that this World Cup. It is drawing in bigger audiences than ever and making people sit up, watch and take note.

The Lionesses are changing the game, how did our Manchester girls do against Japan?

With England managing to top their group last night, how did the Manchester women perform? 

When you look through our Lionesses squad you see a lot of Manchester talent, mostly City but United too. Before our first game, I wrote about all the Manchester team members here. There’s Karen Bardsley, Steph Houghton, Abbie McManus, Demi Stokes, Jill Scott, Alex Greenwood, Georgia Stanway and Kiera Walsh to name a few. 

Phil Neville’s team have had a great run so far in France, and we all hope that they can or can come close to bringing it home. Neville made 8 changes to his side that beat Argentina on Wednesday night. I was thinking he may be changing the team so much for trial and error to see what works, I now think he may have done this tactically.

Japan are a hard team to play as they’ve been in the last two World Cup Finals, but luckily we had to face them last in our group. That gave us enough time to analyse their style of play, and also gave Neville a chance to play a different team in every group game to throw Japan off our form -leaving them unclear on what to expect. 

I did expect England to lose if I’m honest, but they played the best I’ve seen them so far in my opinion. They created more chances, looked better on the ball and just looked like scoring, in general, more than the other games. 

I thought City player Jill Scott had a brilliant game last night as she always does, but she had a couple of shots that would have been great goals. Teammate Georgia Stanway also managed to impress. However, I was most pleased by City keeper, Karen Bardsley, City and England captain Steph Houghton and newly City signed, Ellen White. 

Both keepers last night had amazing games but Bardsley looked strong and confident. Houghton always plays well, however, in the second half there was a moment where Japan looked like scoring and she made an impressive challenge that was perfectly timed, clearing the ball and keeping England ahead. White walked away with player of the match after bagging her 30th and 31st England goal. 

I’m glad we had no VAR interruptions and won our group fairly, unlike Scotland who my heart goes out to. VAR is supposed to make the decisions easier and more straight forward, albeit it’s making it harder and causing so much controversy in this World Cup. Hopefully, England will be able to get through their next round where they could face Cameroon with no VAR confusion. 

Season Prediction: Man City Women’s Success Hinges On Lioness World Cup Campaign

With Manchester United Women being promoted to the Women’s Super League, will they cause problems for Man City?

Possibly. Nick Cushing has such a strong side, they managed to finish second in their league last season on 47 points. Arsenal ended their campaign on 54 points putting them as Champions, and finishing in third under City was Chelsea who had 42 points. This proves just how tight the league is and how the top tier can change quickly. 

My prediction for next season is that City will be fighting with Arsenal for the top spot once again. I hope they can manage to win the Super League but there are a few things to consider before that can happen.

For example, a lot of the Blues squad are out in France right now for the World Cup. Club captain, Steph Houghton is also leading her national side, players such as Karen Bardsley, Demi Stokes, Jill Scott and Ellen White are also out there at the minute hoping to prove that they are the best. What if any of them pick up an injury or come back to the Women’s League seeming unfit? It would sure cause City a few setbacks. 

The other factor being Manchester United. They have just been promoted to the WSL and, will be out for a good first season in the league as they smashed the Championship. I’m not saying the reds will do the same and go straight to the top of this league too. However, I do predict that they will cause a few problems for the likes of Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea and they will be in the mix for a top table finish. 

I’m wishing the Lionesses all the luck in the world and hope they can bring it home but, when the City players get back into training and start their new campaign, I hope they can maintain the same standards they already have.

I think the World Cup will depend on the mindset of some of the City women, if they do win, they may be hungry to win a title when they come home. If they don’t, they’ll either be feeling deflated or it will drive them to do well next season. 

OPINION: Man Utd Women To Take Super League By Storm In Their First Showing – Agree?

Manchester United Women had an amazing first season in the Women’s Championship as they were promoted to the Women’s Super League. 

The team were only formed last year and ended their efforts on 55 points. Now that they are looking forward to a newly promoted season, how will they do?

Well, the clubs Captain, Alex Greenwood is currently out in France playing for the Lionesses, although there are chances of the youngster catching an injury while she’s there, it’s a hugely beneficial chance for her to eye up competition.

While she plays against the likes of Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal women team members, it will help her know how to play against these women as well as with them. Abbie McManus is another player who’s out playing for England but at the end of the 18/2019 season, the 26-year-old left City for United. She has played with the blues for years, so transitioning to the rivals may be hard for her but again, very beneficial to the squad. 

In the Women’s championship, United had easier competition with the likes of Tottenham and Charlton. They stormed their league with a 9 point lead, however, they will have tougher matches on their hands with Super League professional’s, Arsenal winning their league this season.

The league that these girls are going into is a lot tighter and tougher to win points, Arsenal ladies won the league last year but not by many points, they finished on 54 points with Man City coming a very close second at 47 points. Even third and fourth place is tight with Chelsea finishing on 42 points and Birmingham on 40.

With this being said, although I think Man United won’t go down without a fight and will cause problems for these clubs who have never played against them before, I do think they will come across problems when it comes to the likes of City and Arsenal.

My prediction is that Man City and Arsenal will be fighting for the top spot next season, nevertheless, I don’t think United will make it easy and will probably finish around 3rd place, which again will be brilliant for the Red Devils. I just don’t think they will be able to top this league too. If they can, I’ll eat my words!

‘Women’s Football is Cr*p, They Don’t Cheat, They Don’t Play Act, They Just Play Football’ Twitter Reacts to Lionesses Opening WWC Win

England’s women had a promising start to their World Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over Scotland. 

The Lionesses opened the scoring after 14 minutes when a penalty was rewarded. There was some confusion as the referee stopped the game, however, it was soon made clear that officials had pointed out a possible handball. It was about time VAR went in England’s favour as the men’s team had two goals disallowed in their Nations League campaign.  

Nikita Parris put the women ahead from the spot kick and after 40 minutes, Ellen White put the Lionesses 2-0 up. England should have had a third but it was ruled offside and Scotland’s Claire Emslie managed to pull one back in the 79th minute. Even though the lionesses have had a really promising opening to the World Cup they really want to win, manager Phil Neville spoke out after the match saying he thought his team could have done a lot better.

Personally, as this was the opening match and the teams are all just finding their feet, I think it’s a great start for the Lionesses and I can’t see them having too many problems in the group stages, but what did everyone else think?

Harry Kane wished the women well as his recent Nations League run came to an end.

A spot of sarcasm when comparing the women’s football to the men’s.

Some agreed with the Lionesses manager.

But most were just impressed and many are commenting on the rising interest in women’s football and the increased fans and viewers.

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