United v Reading: WSL preview, where to watch and kick-off time

Leigh Sports Village. Credit: Getty.Leigh Sports Village. Credit: Getty.
Leigh Sports Village. Credit: Getty.
Marc Skinner begins his tenure at the Red Devils with a clash against the Royals.

Manchester United Women kick off the biggest WSL season to date when they host Reading on Friday night at Leigh Sports Village.

The Red Devils have a new face in the dugout with Marc Skinner replacing Casey Stoney at the helm over the summer, becoming the club’s second head coach since its formation.

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It’s also all change on the pitch with several of the Red Devils’ long-term players departing, while five new recruits have joined the club over the summer.

Marc Skinner is the new man in charge. Credit: Getty.Marc Skinner is the new man in charge. Credit: Getty.
Marc Skinner is the new man in charge. Credit: Getty.

As for Reading, they’ll prove tough opposition for United after their seventh-place finish last term.

What time is kick-off?

The game begins at 7:45pm and marks the first of six WSL games this season.

Where can I watch the game?

This season, matches in the WSL will be shown live in the UK on Sky Sports and BBC Sport, following the landmark TV deal agreed in March.

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Friday’s game is being shown on Sky Sports Main Event & Premier League, with the programme beginning at 7pm.

Team news

United don’t have too many injury concerns heading into this one and could hand a debut to five summer signings in Sophie Baggaley, Aoife Mannion, Hannah Blundell, Vidle Boe Risa and Martha Thomas.

As for Reading, they’ve brought in six additions, although Deanne Rose and Justine Vanhaevermaet may not be involved on Friday having only joined the club recently.

Form guide

The Red Devils are unbeaten from their four pre-season matches, which saw convincing wins against Aston Villa and Rangers, while they also drew with Brigthon & Hove Albion and Liverpool.

Head-to-head record

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The clubs have played each other four times in the WSL with United winning two of those meetings and drawing once. However, Friday’s hosts lost when the sides last clashed, with the Royals taking a 2-0 win away from Leigh in February.

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