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Manchester United v United Women - preview

19 September 2018

Sheffield United Women travel to Manchester United this Thursday night looking to get off the mark in the FA Women's Championship following a 2-0 defeat against Durham last weekend.

Carla Ward's side got the season off to a good start with a Continental Cup win at Aston Villa but face their toughest test of the season against an impressive Man United side this week.

Our hosts on Thursday had to build an entire new squad from scratch after returning to the women's game for the first time in 13 years.

Among them are England internationals Alex Greenwood, Siobhan Chamberlain and former Blades youth graduate Amy Turner.

Jess Sigsworth, who was top scorer in what was then FA WSL 2 last season with 15 goals, scored five in just one game against Villa last weekend and will be the main attacker for United's defence to keep an eye on come Thursday evening.

The Blades themselves have recruited an almost completely new-look squad after receiving Tier 2 status in the summer and Ward will be able to call upon the majority as United look to bounce back from Sunday's 2-0 defeat at home to Birmingham in the cup.

Fellow Championship newcomers Man United are managed by Ward's former Lincoln City team mate Casey Stoney and swept aside Aston Villa 12-0 in their first league match, as well as claiming a 1-0 win against top tier opposition Liverpool in the cup.

Ward and Stoney aren't the only people who link the two clubs, Blades loanee Ellie Fletcher spent several years in the Red Devils academy before moving onto Liverpool, who she's currently on loan at United from.

And like the rest of the squad will be, Fletcher is looking forward to the occasion. "We're all looking forward to playing against Man United because as players these are the games you want to play in.

"We want to test ourselves against the best teams in the league. We want to try and build upon what we did last week."

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