History will be made at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday when City usher in the new FA Women’s Super League campaign with an historic derby encounter against newly-promoted United at the Etihad.

The first-ever women’s Manchester derby of the professional era promises to be a memorable occasion for everyone at the Club with skipper Steph Houghton revealing it was a fixture all the squad have been eagerly awaiting ever since it was confirmed in the summer.

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However, despite the high stakes and importance of the season opener, as our special pre-derby gallery demonstrates, the squad were in relaxed mood as the clock ticks down to Saturday.

Club photographer Tom Flathers was on hand to snap a series of eye-catching images as the City squad prepare for the historic derby encounter.