Clarets Face Manchester United Women In FA Cup (4th Round)
Burnley Football Club Women have a massive fixture this weekend as they welcome WSL side Manchester United to the County Ground in the FA Cup (4th Round). It’s the biggest game in the clubs history and Matt Bee squad are determined to bridge the massive gap between themselves in tier three and Manchester United in the Women’s Super League.
Former England International defender and current Manchester United boss Casey Stoney will bring a team of international superstars to the Arbories including Mary Earps, Millie Turner, Ella Toone, Abbie McManus, Lucy Staniforth, Alessia Russo (England), Kirsty Hanson, Jane Ross (Scotland), Hayley Ladd (Wales), Maria Thorisdottir (Norway), plus to double Women’s FIFA World Cup winners in USA strikers Christen Press & Tobin Heath.
The Clarets earned a hard-fought win over Sunderland in the previous round, beating the north east side on penalties last weekend, after beating AFC Fylde in the second round. This Sunday the Clarets will revel in their underdog status as they try to beat the highest level of opposition they have ever faced, in what will be an historic afternoon for Burnley.
Speaking about this weekends FA Cup tie midfielder Megan Dykes said, “I think we deserve to be where we are from the past two games, we have focused game by game and we have gone toe-to-toe with both teams. They both gave us a good game but I think that’s made us more confident in ourselves, knowing we’ve got 120 minutes in our lockers.
You can tell in training everyone of us is putting in that extra one percent, from the players to the staff and all of the caoches, were are all up for it and really excited. We are all up for it and ready for the challenge, It’s Manchester United so what more could you want.”
While United are a full-time team sitting fourth in the top-flight of women’s football, the Clarets only returned to competitive action last month after their league programme had been curtailed due to the Covid pandemic.However Casey Stoney’s side have lose two out of their last three games and are not in great form at the moment, so who knows there could be an FA Cup shock on the cards in Leyland this weekend.