Women's Team

United v City: Taylor on team news

Khadija Shaw could make a welcome return to action in Wednesday night’s Manchester Derby.

The Jamaican striker, who scored in the league fixture in October, has missed City’s last three games with a foot injury.

However, Gareth Taylor confirmed the 24-year-old is back in contention to feature at Leigh Sports Village in the Continental Cup group stage clash.

Previewing the game, the Head Coach asserted the squad are determined to bounce back from Sunday’s FA Women’s Super League defeat to Chelsea, stating the players need no additional motivation, especially for a Manchester Derby.


“We’ve potentially got Bunny back for a period in the game, which helps,” he told mancity.com.

“There’s no added incentive needed for these games – a Derby is a Derby and of course, we want to be successful.

“It’s the second one at Leigh Sports Village in a short space of time, although it’s a different competition to the league fixture, in which we fought back well to draw 2-2.

“We’re looking to go one better this time to try and win the game. That’s the objective for sure.

“We understand United will be in the situation where they also need to win so that sets things up nicely for a good game.”

Currently sitting top of Group B in the Northern Section, a victory for City would see the three-time Conti Cup winners take a huge step towards progression to the knock-out stages with one fixture still to play: a mid-December visit to Leicester.

Eager to return to winning ways following the weekend’s WSL setback, Taylor also highlighted the importance of securing progression to the knock-out stages as early as possible.


“It’s a good opportunity for us to progress into the quarter-finals,” he continued.

“The Conti Cup is a competition we take really seriously.

“With the format, only one team is guaranteed to go through from each group so it’s important to try and get business done early. Then, you can set up preparations for the next part.

“Of course, after Wednesday, we still have a game against Leicester. There may be suggestions a draw could be enough but we always go out to win as many games as we possibly can.

“In United, we’re going to play a team who are also fighting to be in it – they’ll want to win the game to help their situation.

“We’re going with a gameplan to try and win the game.”