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White itching for Derby debut

WHITE-EYED AND BUSHY-TAILED: Ellen White says she is champing at the bit to feature in Saturday’s Manchester Derby...
Ellen White says she is champing at the bit to feature in Saturday’s Manchester Derby.

The forward, who found the net after just 34 seconds against her former Club in Sunday’s triumph over Birmingham, was forced to miss our two previous encounters against United through injury.

With the two sides locking horns in the FA Women’s Cup fourth round this weekend, White heads into the clash in fine form, with six goals in City’s last 11 games, staking a strong claim for a starting spot alongside the equally in-form Pauline Bremer.

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The 30-year-old admits she has been frustrated to have to watch the historic clashes from the sidelines, and is relishing the chance to compete in her first Manchester Derby.

“I’ve not played United yet, so I’ve been really frustrated!” she conceded.

“I was injured when we played at the Etihad Stadium in the league and in the Continental Cup so I’m really excited about the prospect.

“We can’t wait for the game but now it’s about rest and recovery. There will be no difference in terms of preparation. We’ll train hard and look to perform when it matters.

“These wins in the past few days have also given us confidence and momentum for the games coming up. Nothing changes for us.

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“We’ll be very diligent and professional in our preparation and approach.”

City have kicked off 2020 in superb form with four wins from four; 13 goals scored and just two conceded.

In the midst of the fixtures, boss Nick Cushing announced his upcoming departure for a new adventure as assistant manager of New York City FC, and White has been pleased with her side’s response, as City look to mount a serious challenge for a domestic treble.

“It comes from him the confidence and the belief that he gives us,” she declared.

“We’ve got a massive couple of weeks coming up.

“Hopefully, we can send him away with some good wins and good performances.”

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