·25 March 2023
·25 March 2023
The Red Devils take on The Hammers at Old Trafford. The visitors have enjoyed a successful season so far, but they have hit a sticky spell and arrive in the North West winless in four matches.
When speaking in the pre-match press conference, Manchester United boss Skinner said that West Ham United will be tough opponents and he is wary of their recent form.
“I think they’re tough opponents,” Skinner said. “They maybe haven’t had the results, but their performances have been really good.
“They are a little bit inconsistent in terms of the results, but we know what threats they will pose us. We are going to have to be at our very best; Dagny’s (Brynjarsdóttir) a wonderful player who brings danger, I love how Kate (Longhurst) leads her teams, (Vivianne) Asseyi up top is a really talented player, so they’ve got real talent all over the field.
“They’re young, progressive and maybe they haven’t got the results, but that’s more of a warning than anything that they are going to fight. They’re not going to want to come to Old Trafford and help us in any way. They play with Paul’s (Konchesky) energy and we have to prepare and be ready for that.”
With Manchester United entering the business end of the season, the club are still competing for two trophies. Skinner said that his side are fully-focused on winning every game.
He said “We have to take points from every team and we are preparing ourselves to win every game. There are eight games left, potentially nine with the FA Cup as well, so we have to be at our best and try to win all games.
“The reality is that we are already two points behind Chelsea, but we know that they have to play some of the teams around us at this moment. We have to try and win every game, but we know that’ll be really difficult.
“We won’t underestimate West Ham at all, we will have to be at our very best to perform, but we want to do that in front of our fans at Old Trafford anyway. They’ll make it really difficult, but if we want to be successful, the reality is that we have to try and win these nine games.”
Manchester United’s Barclays Women’s Super League fixture against West Ham United kicks-off at 5.30pm. Tickets remain on-sale and can be purchased by clicking here.
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