Essential pre-match reading, via Suzanne Wrack:
And for balance, here’s the superb free-kick from Katie Zelem in United’s 2-0 win in the most recent meeting. Listen and you’ll hear one of United’s ‘Barmy Army’ call it. “Top corner Katie.”
No place for Pauline Bremer, City’s top scorer in the WSL this season with nine. The German striker is on the bench. But Caroline Weir does start and City fans will remember this from the first encounter this season…
With Manchester United Women in just their second season of existence, this is only the third derby clash with their more established neighbours.
Both were earlier this season so welcome to Part III of this 2019/20 battle for bragging rights.
The Women’s Super League table shows Manchester City top on goal difference over Arsenal, with United in fourth although 14 points behind third-placed Chelsea.
However, if the league table doesn’t suggest parity, the head-to-head record shows one win apiece after United ran out 2-0 winners here at Leigh Sports Village last time.
City boss Nick Cushing, no relation to Peter, has just two more games in charge after Saturday’s showdown before he heads off to pastures new at New York City.
Cushing has won the FA Cup twice before (2017 and 2019) while United manager Casey Stoney will be hoping to guide the Red Devils to their first Wembley final.