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White and Hemp look ahead to Manchester Derby

Ellen White and Lauren Hemp have both explained what another Manchester Derby victory would mean to Manchester City.

Gareth Taylor’s side do battle with Manchester United at the Leigh Sports Village on Sunday 27 February in the FA Cup Fifth Round.

City currently hold the bragging rights having got the better of Marc Skinner’s side in front of a record crowd at the Academy Stadium before the international break.

And although White insists that we approach each game with the same intensity, she admits the Derby is a fixture that she and her teammates particularly look forward to.

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She said: “It’s quite a new thing in women’s football (the Manchester Derby) – it’s only been around for the last few years – but we’re not shy to admit we get excited about it!

“It’s growing in stature, it’s super competitive and we’re really looking forward to it.

“Every game we face is our most important now. We’ll be taking each game as it comes, preparing and fighting for our lives

“Every team wants to beat us, which is exciting, but we can only concentrate on what’s in front of us.

“We train really hard and we want to put in the performances, especially for our fans. They’re massive for us and we want to make them proud of this City team.”

The knockout element of the latest fixture between City and United adds an extra element of tension to proceedings this weekend.

It’s a fact that hasn’t been lost on White, who insists that challenging for silverware is part and parcel of the Club’s ambitions.

She said: “It’s major for us. A Club of this stature, being part of Manchester City, we have to bring trophies in.

“Collectively, we have so many talented players and we want to win trophies. We want our fans to be there to witness us playing in Finals, competing for silverware.

“It’s massive for us and we’re really looking forward to the games ahead.”

Lauren Hemp echoed her teammates’ sentiments around the importance of another Derby victory, both in terms of the players and supporters and in the context of City’s season.

And while offering respect to our opponents, she’s confident that we have what it takes to get over the line once again.

“Man United are a top team but so are we, and we’ll do all we can in our power to beat them,” she reflected.

“It will be a fight, but we’ll make sure that on our day, we’ll be better than them.

“We had one not long ago, which was a great win, but it’s really exciting. It’s always a bit of a fight but we’re really raring and ready to go.

“For us to have sold out our ground in the last Derby was great and hopefully, that will continue.

“It’s a great game and always a close game.

“We’ve shown what we’re capable of if we play at our best. Hopefully, it will be in our favour on the day.”