Manchester United v Manchester City WSL: TV details, how to watch, injury and team news
The first Manchester Derby of the season is almost here... here is everything you need to know ahead of this intriguing clash.
United are ahead of their city rivals by six points following a slow start to the campaign by Gareth Taylor’s side.
Marc Skinner has overseen three wins and one defeat since succeeding Casey Stoney, whilst the Citizens have won just one league game this season, a 4-0 win against Everton on the opening day.
United won 2-0 in their last match against Birmingham City with Leah Galton and Ella Toone on target. Man City meanwhile lost 2-0 to West Ham United with Dagný Brynjarsdóttir and Yui Hasegawa inflicting defeat at the Academy Stadium.
Bragging rights on offer and a win for the red side of Manchester would put Taylor under serious pressure, City for the first time in their history have lost three consecutive fixtures and United will want to twist the knife.
Last season, Man City lost just one league match, but already they have lost two more than that and look a shadow of themselves. Arsenal look unlikely to lose as many games this season, Tottenham have also started brightly whilst Chelsea will want to defend their title.
What’s the latest team news for the Red Devils?
Defender Millie Turner picked up a knee injury against Leicester City and is currently undergoing rehabilitation.
Another absentee is summer signing Martha Thomas, who has tweaked an injury. Marc Skinner claimed the injury is not serious but will keep her out for a couple of weeks, her absence was confirmed in their pre-match press conference.
Kirsty Smith was absent in Sunday’s win against Birmingham City and is another player who will miss out.
This could be Ella Toone’s place to shine, she has been involved in ten goals in her last matches with five goals and five assists. Toone was previously on the books of City, spending a season with the Blue side of Manchester, she has yet to score against them for United, but that could change on Saturday
What’s the latest team news for the Citizens?
Given three consecutive defeats for Man City in the league, there may be a reshuffle to change their fortunes around. Khadija Shaw, signed from Bordeaux in the summer, is pushing for a first start in the league. The Jamaican international made an immediate impact scoring on her league debut but has yet to start.
Ellen White, Lauren Hemp and Jill Scott have all been on media duties this week, so that could be an indication that they will play a key role in this fixture ahead of the match.
Is the match on TV?
As part of an increase in coverage following a groundbreaking broadcast deal, this match will be televised on BBC One, the main channel of the broadcaster.
Fans will also be able to watch the game on the go as it will appear on BBC iPlayer as well as on the BBC Sport website and app.
How can I watch highlights?
You can catch highlights from this match and from around the league by watching ‘The Women’s Football Show’ on the Red Button at 21:30 or at 00:00 on BBC One.