Leila Ouahabi says she and her City team-mates must embrace the pressure of Sunday’s Barclays Women’s Super League clash with Manchester United.

Gareth Taylor’s side travel to the Leigh Sports Village on Sunday 21 May, with kick-off set for 18:45 (UK).

Our WSL title prospects were dealt a blow in our most recent clash with Liverpool but there’s still plenty to play for in our final two matches of the campaign.

The hosts are top of the table at present, but reigning champions Chelsea sit just one point behind with a game in hand.

It could be a hugely significant fixture for both sides, but Ouahabi believes the pressure that brings will simply act as a further piece of motivation for her and her team-mates.

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“I think we will face it with great enthusiasm, because it will be a very decisive game,” she said.

“I think that the team will be very focused there and wanting to win the three points that are vital for us.

“It will be a very competitive game and we really want to win it, knowing what there is at stake.


Ouahabi was part of the City side who earned a share of the spoils with United in December’s reverse fixture at the Etihad Stadium.

Over 44,000 supporters – a record Women’s crowd for the Club – saw a second half header from Laura Coombs cancel out Leah Galton’s opener in a keenly fought contest.

Reflecting on her previous derby experience, Ouahabi has paid tribute to the incredible atmosphere that the supporters created for both teams in our final match of 2022.

She also believes that our performance after the break was an indication that this new-look City side are a match for anyone.

“Above all, I think we played a very good second half [in the previous Derby],” the defender added.

“We proved that if we are able to maintain our game, be intense and competitive, then we have a great chance of winning it.

“I remember that it was a very nice experience. I loved playing at the Etihad.

“The outcome was perhaps not what we expected, but I was very happy with the involvement of the fans, them coming to support us and having had the opportunity to play in a stadium like the Etihad.

“They do things here in England as a great show and that also generates a lot of interest one the fans and the people.

“I think that it was a very pleasant atmosphere, and it was very beautiful to see and being close to the fans. That was perfect.”

United v City: App coverage

It’s City v United in the penultimate match of the Barclays Women’s Super League season, with Gareth Taylor’s side travelling to the Leigh Sports Village on Sunday 21 May.

Kick-off scheduled for 18:45 (UK) with both sides battling for the WSL title.

It promises to be a thrilling occasion, and you can follow all of the action with comprehensive coverage available on the official Man City app.

Our Matchday Centre, offering detailed text updates, stats and analysis across the day, begins at 17:00 – keeping you across everything from the pre-match build-up right through to reaction after the final whistle.

Once the action gets under way, live audio commentary will be made in the app, while those with push notifications turned on will also be alerted to all the key moments as they unfold.

A detailed match report and reaction from the manager and players alike can be accessed soon after the final whistle, while highlights and a full-match replay (available on CITY+ and Recast) will be made available from 12:00 on Monday 22 May.