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Women's FA Cup
Women's FA Cup
Sunday 27 February 2022
Kickoff at 12:30 GMT
Leigh Sports Village,Leigh Sports Stadium, Sale Way, Leigh WN7 4JY
BBC Two
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Everything you need to know ahead of Sunday's FA Women's Cup fifth-round Manchester Derby.

WHEN AND WHERE

Manchester United play host to City at Leigh Sports Village on Sunday 27 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,

You can also keep across the key moments via our Matchday Centre and over on Twitter: @ManCityWomen.

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Meanwhile a detailed match report plus reaction from Gareth Taylor and players will also be available to digest soon after the final whistle on mancity.com and the official Man City app.

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

TEAM NEWS

Gareth Taylor has provided an injury update on City and England skipper Steph Houghton in the wake of her Achilles operation.

The Club confirmed earlier this week that Houghton had undergone surgery on the injury which had side-lined her since our 1-1 league draw with Arsenal last month.

And, speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup fifth round trip to Manchester United, Taylor provided a further update on Houghton’s injury as well as her potential timeframe for recovery with England hosting the European Championships this summer.

“I think it was something that needed to happen. Unfortunately, Steph had got herself to a position where she didn’t feel right,” Taylor revealed.

“I thought that when she came back in the New Year from the same injury, she was looking really good but was having real discomfort before and after. When she was out on the pitch, she was fine but it was around that.

“Steph is a warrior, the way she has handled it. We have spoken to her post op, but as for timescale we don’t know.

“I have been in contact with Sarina (England head coach Sarina Wiegman). It is looking really unlikely that we will see her before the end of the season.

“But knowing Steph I wouldn’t be surprised if she was back before people would expect.

“We’ll just have to see.”

On the positive front, the boss also revealed that the City squad had reconvened from the latest international break in good shape ahead of the trip to tackle United for what will be a second derby encounter in a fortnight.

Prior to the latest international break, City had taken the Manchester bragging rights with a 1-0 win at the Academy Stadium in an FA Women’s Super League clash played out in front of a record sell-out crowd thanks to Caroline Weir’s wonder goal

And asked how the squad were looking after flying back to Manchester from various ports of call around Europe and beyond, Taylor painted a positive picture.

“(The squad is) Good. We managed to get some time on pitch today,” the manager added.

"We spoke to the players, and they have been at a lot of different types of setups around the world including Portugal and Spain. A lot (has been) going on.

“Everyone has come back looking good, looking fresh and it is about realigning ourselves to what we do.

“You never have too much time after the international break, but it is good to see each other again.”

PREVIOUS MEETING

It’s a second successive derby with City having hosted United in an FA Women’s Super League clash in front of a sell-out crowd at the Academy Stadium earlier this month.

In what was a fine display by Gareth Taylor’s side, substitute Caroline Weir’s stunning 81st minute 25-yard chip secured all three points and the Manchester derby bragging rights.

FORM GUIDE

City come into Sunday's clash in great form, having won nine of our last 11 matches in all competitions.

Winners of the FA Cup in 2020, City have also risen to fourth place in the FA Women’s Super League – having gone two points above United in the wake of that Academy Stadium victory a fortnight ago.

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This will be the 10th meeting of the two sides with City having won four and drawn two of those encounters.

However, United took the spoils last time the sides met at Leigh Sports Village, a 2-1 Continental Cup group stage win last November.

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