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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.

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

The Football Manc Cave are picking out two Man United Women who should stand out to fans this season.

It’s clear that the Women’s World Cup this year has had a huge influence on women’s football as a whole. There are so many more fans of the sport now and young aspiring women who have been inspired to follow their dreams. Not only has it influenced the fans, but it’s also influenced officials as Man United vs Man City women, which is the first game of the season for the Manchester rivals, will be held at the Etihad Stadium.

Now that people’s interest has grown on the women’s game, fans will keep up with transfer news more and the players in general. With this in mind, here are two players who you should look out for in Casey Stoney’s squad…

Jackie Groenen

The Dutch midfielder had a great World Cup campaign and has decided to join the Manchester side after gaining interest. She’s 24 years old and has previously played for Chelsea, so she has a little bit of experience in the Women’s Super League which is what this newly promoted Man United team need.

She featured in all seven games for the Netherlands out in France this summer and showed exactly what she’s worth. You may remember her name from when she scored the winner against Sweden in the semi-final. She has recently given an interview with her views on the season ahead that you can read here. She will be out to prove herself to the other English clubs, and to her teammates so keep an eye on her this coming season.

Abbie McManus

Another player who only signed for the reds this summer. She has been with Man City for years and now says she’s in the “right colour” after signing for Man United. She was also included in Phil Neville’s side when the Lionesses competed in the World Cup. The 26-year-old also did an interview upon her arrival with the club, saying she’s excited to be playing in a historic derby between the two Manchester sides.

I could have picked many players for this article, however, I’ve gone with two new signings who will be able to show experience in the Super League.

Man Utd Women: 2 strengths, 2 weakness that will get them with a mid-table finish

Before Manchester United Women start their new campaign in the Women’s Super League. The Football Manc Cave will look at two strengths and two weaknesses that Casey Stoney’s side will face, in order to get them to my predicted league finish.

I’ve predicted that Casey Stoney’s side will have a hard first season in the Women’s Super League, although I do think they will stay up and avoid relegation.

I stated that they may finish in the top flight of the league and battle it out with the best. However, now that the Women’s World Cup hype is over and I’m looking realistically, I think they’ll finish mid-table.

Here are 2 strengths and 2 weaknesses that Stoney and her side will face…

Strength 1: New Signings

With Manchester United being promoted and proving themselves after only a year of being formed, this summer has brought new players in. Jackie Groenen is one player who Casey Stoney managed to bring in. The Netherlands international is a highly anticipated player ahead of the new season. Abbie McManus is another player who she’s managed to bring in. She’s spent the past decade with rivals, Manchester City. So not only does she have league experience, but she also knows the ins and outs of Nick Cushing’s side.

Strength 2: World Cup

The Women’s World Cup obviously brought out a lot of new fans, the best players and gives fans an insight into how the women will appear ahead of the new season. Casey Stoney reported for the BBC throughout the whole World Cup, so she will have all the knowledge she needs ahead of the Super League. She got to see her own players like Alex Greenwood perform and other players like Ellen White. Hopefully, she would have been planning strategically for her teams next campaign while she was out in France.

Weakness 1: League Experience

Although Stoney herself has plenty of experience in the Super League, her team will have to get down to business and gel together quickly to conquer the best. They’ll be playing against the best, Arsenal and Manchester City especially. I have been saying all summer that Manchester City playing Manchester United women should be treated the same way as the men’s meeting. It’s been since announced that the pair will play the first game of the season against each other at the Etihad Stadium. This will surely add pressure onto United.

Weakness 2: Pressure

Casey Stoney achieved greatness with this Manchester side as she got them promoted from the Championship to the Super League in only one season of being formed. As much as that’s a brilliant achievement, it now surely adds pressure on her as a manager, as fans will expect good things this season.

I hope the team and Stoney herself manage to keep calm and stay focused on the league, which will hopefully see them finish around the 7th or 8th mark at the end of the season.

Man City Women: 2 strengths, 2 weakness that will see them win the league

Manchester City will hopefully win the Women’s Super League this season. Nick Cushings has been busy this transfer window which determines his hunger for the title.

The Blues managed a 2nd place finish last season behind Arsenal. A lot of his players have been out in France over the summer taking part in the World Cup and have now returned hopefully with the ambition do impress.

The Football Manc Cave looks at 2 strengths and 2 weaknesses that will have an impact on their 2019/20 campaign which will hopefully see them win the league.

Strength 1: Ellen White

I personally am so excited to see Ellen White in a Man City shirt this coming season. She was brilliant in the World Cup and even managed to bag third place in the golden boot race, which arguably she should have had a higher total after VAR ruled a few of her goals out.

She will more than likely be hungry to be successful as she goes up against her ex-club, Birmingham City. She will also be on the same team as her England teammates and be aiming to win something this season.

Strength 2: World Cup

All teams in men’s and women’s football have pre-season friendlies only Manchester City have practically had all summer to warm up. Keeper Karen Bardsley, defender Steph Houghton, midfielder Jill Scott and striker Ellen White are just a handful of the players who Phil Neville took to France this summer.

They all looked really promising as they played great football and only failed at the semi-final hurdle which again, was a great fight. As well as this giving a lot of Nick Cushing’s side the chance to bond, it also should give the players a need for a win. This hopefully will be the League.

Weakness 1: Arsenal

Last season saw Arsenal win the Super League with 54 points. Man City finished 2nd with 47 points. It’s clear to see that Arsenal will more than likely be Cushings’ biggest competition but hopefully, his team will be hungry and motivated enough to get a few more points this year in order to try and catch up with the Gunners. With Man United now in the same league, they’ll be hoping to take all 6 points possible from their rivals which could be crucial.

Weakness 2: World Cup

Now, this was obviously a factor I chose to go in the strengths of this article, and I do believe it will have some positive impact on the club going into their new campaign. However, I also think it will leave some of the players feeling deflated as they have suffered semi-final losses before and this time was no different.

Even though new fans and bigger crowds should convince the likes of Steph Houghton and Jill Scott that their World Cup efforts were widely appreciated. I can imagine that it’s still hard to get over losing to the USA.

Manchester City fans will have to hope Nick Cushings can convince his players to give it their all and push for the title.

Why you should be looking out for Man City Women, Man Utd Women and Salford City Lionesses next season

As the Women’s World Cup seemed to bring in more fans than ever. The Football Manc Cave have picked out some Greater Manchester-based clubs that you should keep an eye out for this coming season.

Did you know that there were around 10 players from Manchester United women and Manchester City women combined that appeared in the Women’s World Cup?

This proves that there’s a lot of talent that we are responsible for as Manchester football clubs. Now that international football is over, looking at league football is the next step and we have picked out some of the top picks to look out for…

Manchester City

An obvious choice, however, Nick Cushings’ side finished 2nd behind Arsenal, this year they will be out to try and win the league. They also have signed a few players over the summer and one of the biggest names Lionesses, Ellen White is one of those recruited.

They will have a great start to their campaign by hosting Manchester United and this game will be even bigger as it is being held at the Etihad Stadium. A lot of the England women players were also Man City players so if they don’t come back too deflated from the World Cup, they’ll surely come back hungry to win the league.

Manchester United

After only being formed around a year ago, Man United women’s team surprised fans as they gained immediate promotion to the Women’s Super League. Their season could go either way, however, fans hope they will see some fighting football and see Man United stay up in the highest league of English Women’s Football.

So again, their first game will be at the Etihad. They’ll feel a lot of pressure but it should make them a stronger team and give them an insight for the rest of the season.

Salford City Lionesses

If it’s exciting football with big scores that you are looking for then go and watch a Salford Lionesses’ game. They were champions of the Greater Manchester Women’s Football League. Just to give you an idea of their score lines, Sale Women list 7-0 to the Salford side. They also beat the Rochdale Women, 14-2.

There are more Women’s teams in the Greater Manchester area that should be mentioned, however, I feel these three teams will be the ones to impress this coming season.

3 key dates for Man City Women that could play a part in their push for the title

Now that full fixtures have been released for the Women’s Super League, The Football Manc Cave are picking out 3 dates that should be key for Man City Women.

Nick Cushing’s side managed to finish 2nd behind Arsenal Women last season. They’ll be out to win the title this campaign. With the signings over the summer such as Ellen White and Aoife Mannion, it’s clear to see that they are hoping to go one better by winning the league.

Now that all the players are back from the World Cup, I’ve picked out 3 dates to look out for next season…

Manchester United WomenSeptember 7th

Manchester United at home. And by home, we mean at the Etihad Stadium. I was hoping that these fixtures would be treated just like the men’s, as a big derby that deserved being watched. I’m so happy that Man City have made this happen, and I hope that Man United will host their game against their rivals at Old Trafford. This will be a great match as Manchester United women who were promoted to the WSL at the end of last season, we will see how they cope. It will also be interested to see both team captains, Steph Houghton and Alex Greenwood go against each other rather than being a part of the same team.

Arsenal Women – February 2nd

Arsenal at home. As the Manchester City were fighting with the Gunners for the title spot last season, this will surely be an exciting game of football. Both dates that they meet each other will be great games. I’ve only picked their home game as a key date, as fans will love to see the two teams go head to head. Man City should have a better chance of getting some points from Arsenal on home soil.

Brighton Women – May 16th

The last match of the season. A key date for most teams, as it will more than likely determine their league position. In this case, Man City could have to win against Brighton women in order to take the Super League title from Arsenal if they can have a promising season once again.

3 key dates for Man United Women in the Women’s Super League

The Women’s Super League fixtures have been released and Manchester United now know when they’ll be facing the biggest teams ahead of their first season in the WSL.

Manchester United did a brilliant job of winning promotion at the end of last season and they’ll be hoping to stay at a high standard.

It was revealed some time ago that Casey Stoney’s side would face Manchester City women on the opening game of the season, and it’s a highly anticipated game. Now that we can see who they will face and when.

The Football Manc Cave will now pick out three dates that should be key for The Red Devil’s…

Manchester City Women – September 7th

The first match of the season that we have already mentioned. Manchester City away. It will be tough for the reds, especially since it’s been announced that it will be held at the Etihad Stadium. There will be a lot of pressure behind Casey Stoney and her team as it’s their opening game in a new league, and they’ll hopefully have a large audience. It will also be interesting to see both team captains, Alex Greenwood and Steph Houghton go head to head as they’ve been playing as part of the same team with the Lionesses.

Manchester City Women March 29th

Man City at home. Probably an easy pick because yes it’s a derby game and the same reasons that will make the away clash exciting, this one will be one to watch too. However, this one for slightly different reasons. I want this game to have the same standards as their away trip. By that, I mean get the game played at Old Trafford. That’s one thing that will make it even more of a game to watch.

The biggest reason why I picked this game is because of the time of the football year it’s played. At this time, the teams should have established themselves and we should see how they’re going to shape for the season. If Man United have had a good campaign at this point, this match could be crucial.

Birmingham City Women – May 16th

I think The Red Devil’s will have a hard season with the tougher competition. This is why I’ve picked the last match of the season against Birmingham. The fixture will be held at home for Casey Stoney’s side which should be good for the team. However, this game could decide where her side finish in the league. My guess is that they’ll need as many points as they can get from this meeting so a win may be crucial.

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?


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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