Match Preview

Sunday 13 February 2022
Kickoff at 12:30 GMT
Academy Stadium,North Gate, Etihad Campus 400 Ashton New Rd Manchester M11 4TQ
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Everything you need to know ahead of Sunday's FA Women's Super League Manchester Derby.

When and Where

City host Manchester United at the Academy Stadium on Sunday 13 February, with kick-off scheduled for 12:30 (UK).

The match is available to watch live on BBC Two, the BBC Sport website and BBC iPlayer in the UK, while those living around the world can tune in via the channels listed below (courtesy of 

Australia Optus Sport
Brazil ESPN2
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International The FA Player
Ireland BBC Sport WebBBC iPlayerBBC Two
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You can also keep across the key moments via our Matchday Centre and over on Twitter: @ManCityWomen, while a detailed match report plus reaction from Gareth Taylor and players will also be available to digest soon after the final whistle on and the official Man City app.

A highlights package and CITY+ full-match replay can also be accessed from 12:00 the following day.

Ticket Information

City will face United in front of a sell-out crowd!

All general admission tickets are now sold out, while only a limited number of hospitality tickets are still available in our Manager’s Corner at the Etihad Stadium suite.

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What's on at the Academy Stadium?

Head over to the West Stand Fanzone for the hour before kick-off and at half-time to put your football skills to the test!
• Take part in our #SameGoals activity and win a free, limited-edition PUMA football!
• Get your face painted in City colours by one of our roaming face painters!
• Join in with our interactive quiz to be in with a chance to win some amazing prizes, including hospitality tickets to a women's home game of your choice, City merchandise and a shirt signed by the squad!
• Look out for our pre-match and half-time entertainment on the jumbo screen!
• DJ Jamie Leech will be getting you into the spirit of the game with some live music!
• Be one of our starting XI flagbearers and be part of welcoming the team out for kick-off – just approach a playmaker when you get to the stadium to put your name down!
• Get a selfie with the Moonies – they’ll be around pre-match and at half-time!

Team news

Gareth Taylor says Steph Houghton will not be in contention. The City and England skipper has not featured since the 1-1 draw with Arsenal, having suffered a setback on her return from an Achilles injury.

The captain was not included in Sarina Wiegman’s 24-strong squad for the Lionesses’ Arnold Clark Cup tournament later this month and Taylor admits patience is needed in regard to her comeback.

Asked of the latest team news, Taylor has no new injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s eagerly-awaited visit of United with the players all pushing to feature in the crunch clash.

Gareth Taylor preview

“We’ll just reinforce the positives. We focus on the opposition, strengths and weaknesses and see how we can exploit; how we engage without the ball as well, which will be key.

“We’re on our home patch, we expect to put on a performance and usually, that gives us a good chance of winning games.

“Hopefully, there will not be another red card for us but sometimes those moments can happen in a Derby, particularly a Manchester one.

“Passion will be high, the energy big but we have to remain calm and control the controllables and focus on what we can affect rather than what’s outside that.

“We’re excited and it’s one we’re looking forward to.”

Previous meeting

City suffered a 2-1 defeat to United in the Continental Cup group stage Manchester Derby.

In a feisty contest at Leigh Sports Village, City took a deserved early lead through a stunning Vicky Losada strike.

But United levelled on the half-hour, despite protests that City keeper Karima Taieb had been fouled.

And the Reds clinched victory in the dying minutes, though City would go on to earn progression to the knock-out stages with a thumping win at Leicester and have reached the Final.

Last time out

An early strike from Guro Reiten saw City edged out 1-0 by Chelsea in the FA Women’s Super League and fall to our first defeat in ten matches.

The midfielder headed home a 14th-minute opener as the hosts made the most of a fast start at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

City pressed forward in search of an equaliser with Park, Hemp and Weir all going particularly close on a frustrating afternoon.

But our efforts proved elusive, as the hosts held on to preserve their slender advantage.

Form Guide

City come into Sunday's clash in great form, having won eight of our last ten matches in all competitions.

We currently sit sixth in the FA Women’s Super League - five points behind third-placed United.

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Last updated: 6 February 2023

The Reds are five points off top spot and have won seven of their last nine, although they are winless in two, having lost to Chelsea and drawn with Arsenal.

This will be the ninth meeting of the two sides with City having won three and drawn two of those encounters. We triumphed in the last Derby the Academy Stadium with a 3-0 victory, thanks to goals from Lucy Bronze and Lauren Hemp, plus Caroline Weir's cheeky chip.


• This will be the fifth Manchester Derby in the Women’s Super League, with City having never lost to United in the competition (W2 D2)

Gareth Taylor's have scored at least twice in our last three league Derbies (7 in total) and have won both home matches without conceding (1-0 and 3-0) - only against Sunderland between September 2015 and April 2018 have we won our first three home games against a specific opponent in the competition without conceding.

• In the four previous Manchester derbies in the WSL, United have either failed to score and lost, or netted exactly twice and drawn – though their two goalless defeats have come in away matches. They could lose three consecutive away games against a specific opponent in the WSL for the first time.

• United are the only side yet to lose away from home in the WSL this season (P6 W3 D3), while they have conceded the joint-fewest goals of any side on the road (4, alongside Arsenal). If they avoid defeat, they will equal their best ever unbeaten away run in the WSL – eight games between February and December 2020 (W6 D2).

• The Reds are unbeaten in their last five WSL games (W4 D1) - last on a longer run without defeat between January and December 2020 (14 games - W10 D4) - and have scored six goals from corner situations in the WSL this season, the most of any side.

• Caroline Weir has scored in each of her two previous home matches against United. Weir has scored in six home league games in total for City and we have won each time. Only against Sunderland has the Scotland international scored more (3) in home matches in the competition.

Hayley Raso has been directly involved in six goals (three goals, three assists) in her five WSL games for City - just one fewer than in her 22 games in the competition for Everton previously (7 – five goals, two assists).

City have won 2 points per game on average when captain Steph Houghton has played this season, conceding just three goals in five games with her on the pitch. When Houghton has not featured, City have averaged only 1.3 points per game, conceding 17 goals in eight games (2.1 on average).

• Jade Moore has scored twice before against City, only netting more often in the WSL versus Everton (3). In fact, no other current Man Utd player has scored more than once against City, with Moore’s last goal coming at the Academy Stadium for Reading in October 2018.

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