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Manchester United vs Manchester City at Leigh Sports Village

Leigh Sports Village
19th November 2020 7:00 PM (GMT)
  • 0 Manchester United

  • 0 Manchester City


Commentary By Caroline Oatway



That's all from me.

See you again after the international break.

Until then, highlights of the game will be available from noon Friday on

Take care and roll on the quarter-finals!


Taylor on Pep's contract extension ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"It's amazing. He completely deserves it for what he's brought to the Club - not just trophies but the style of play and the relationships.

"He's someone I have huge admiration for. It's great.

"We try to do things in the right way with continuity.

"If you give people time, rewards will come.

"It's really good news for the Club."


Taylor ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"I thought the effort and enthusiasm was there, including from the players that came on.

"Everyone gave their all.

"We made quite a few changes - similar to United.

"There were almost similarities between the two teams.

"For us, some elements were ok. I didn't feel we held the positional play well enough or made good decisions well enough.

"That probably told in us drawing a blank in 90 minutes."


Gareth Taylor ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"It was a case of coming and getting the job done.

"We did that. It was quite an open game with not many chances for either team.

"KB made a good save at the end but we both lacked quality in the final third to create those chances.

"Job done. I'm pleased with that with the group we had. Onto the quarter-finals."


Aaaaand breathe.

So that's that.

United take the bonus point but ultimately, City are through with seven points from our three games.

Not the greatest game in the world but job done as far we we're concerned.

Super save right at the end of the 90 from KB to preserve the point.

Stay tuned for post-match reaction...


Greenwood hits the bar.

CITY โœ…โœ–โœ…โœ…โœ–
UNITED โœ…โœ…โœ…โœ…      

City are edged out on penalties but progress in the Conti Cup.



Once again, the sides can't be separated.

The point puts us through to the Continental Cup knock-out stages but now, a penalty shoot-out will take place to determine the winner of this game.


Great effort ๐Ÿ‘

Walsh goes in search of the goal she's waited her life for - one against United!

She lines up a shot from just outside the box and it whistles *just* over the bar!


Disappointing ๐Ÿ˜ž

Stanway scoops one way over the bar, after Mewis had done well to win a corner.

Should probably have hit the target if nothing else.


Come on! ๐Ÿ’ช

As the clock ticks down, it's City who are looking the most threatening (without tempting fate of course!)

Will there be a winner or will we have to endure a penalty shoot-out?!


What happened there?! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

Beckie delivers a low corner to the near post, where there's a sea of bodies.

It hits the crowd and - I think - strikes the foot of the post?!


Better! ๐Ÿ‘

City gaining more of a foothold now, putting the United defence under some pressure.

Need to give Ramsey some work to do - and be wary of the counter-attack.


Ride the storm โ›ˆ

United on top at the moment.

Staniforth with an ambitious long-range effort, which is deflected wide, before Press looks to hook one into the backpost, which Greenwood heads clear.


Great block ๐Ÿ‘

Press with an almost immediate impact, latching onto a long ball but Bardsley is out and makes herself big to thwart the substitute.


Woah! ๐Ÿ˜ณ

What a let-off for City!

Bardsley completely mis-kicks as the ball rolls across goal and Heath is ready to pounce.

Bonner and Greenwood race back to put the pressure on and the US star dallies.

She keeps it alive but opts to turn outwards and eventually, strikes the side-netting.


Class ๐Ÿ‘

Walsh there showcasing her defensive qualities, shielding Staniforth off the ball to win a goal-kick. 

That was essentially the centre-back position - but like she does with everything, she made it look easy.


Analysis ๐Ÿค”

A fairly even contest, although City have probably shaded proceedings with the better of the chances.

Not quite the pulsating encounter of Saturday but an intriguing battle. City perhaps lacking a little belief in the final third as well as the final product.

Both sides pressing well but there's been little in terms of goalmouth chances - nothing clear-cut bar Stanway's disallowed strike.

A point suits us of course but United need to win... so that will be something to be aware of second half. They have to go for it.


Offside ๐Ÿณ

City with another spell of pressure.

Stanway has the ball in the net as Stanway volleys home but the flag is up immediately.

Was a great finish but sadly, no goal.


Eeek! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Meanwhile, at the other end, it's Bardsley who is almost caught out, having been closed down by Zelem.

Hanson picks up the loose ball but KB reacts to make the save.


Oooh! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

Great pressing by Beckie on Ramsey once again.

It almost pays off as she blocks the attempted clearance but the ball bounces wide.

Our Canadian star has got the United shot-stopper rattled this evening, that's for sure...


Argh! ๐Ÿ˜‘

Another fizzing corner - this one cut back towards the penalty spot -almost sets up Stanway but she miscues and the ball is hacked away.



This game seems to have sparked into life.

United shout for a penalty after James goes down but Bonner had dispossessed her fairly.

Referee Helen Conley isn't interested.


Good effort ๐Ÿ‘

Probably City's best passage of play so far, as Stanway, Walsh and Scott combine before the latter feeds Beckie.

She curls it first-time and it's comfortable for Ramsey... but that's much better.


First City corner ๐Ÿ“

Greenwood gets her first chance to whip in a dangerous delivery...

Scott does well to keep it alive but United manage to clear.


"The heartbeat of the team," Steph Houghton once said ๐Ÿ’™


Too much ๐Ÿ‘Ž

City have found some joy over on the right flank but twice in quick succession there, crosses have been wildly overhit.

Need improvement in the final third.


Snapshot ๐Ÿ’ฅ

Stanway with another sight of goal, after Beckie had forced goalkeeper Ramset into a poor pass, but she drags her effort wide.

Perhaps a pass might have been a better option?


Stop-start ๐Ÿ”ด๐ŸŸข

Game has been quite scrappy in recent minutes - neither side able to sustain a spell of possession.

Think the ball has spent more time out of play than in...


Slight concern ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Brief stoppage as Bronze is down. Looks to be in some pain...

Think she's going to be okay though.

She's made of Tough stuff! ๐Ÿ˜‰


Great save ๐Ÿ™Œ

KB is called into action for the first time tonight, as Heath sets up James.

The forward hits it first time but Bardsley is alert to parry away.


Ooh ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Dangerous spell for United this.

James whips in a teasing cross which begged for a touch but fortunately, it bounces right across the face of goal!


ARGH! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

First real chance of the game falls to Stanway, who cuts inside but blazes over the bar.

Think she was off-balance as she hit the effort.


Easy does it ๐Ÿ‘

City keeping calm in possession.

It was a loose pass of course that turned the game on Saturday so I'm sure that will have been discussed and addressed on the training pitches this week.

Can hear KB shouting from all the way up here in the gantry. So commanding.


Fiery start! ๐Ÿ”ฅ

It's another breathless opening with both teams looking to gain an early advantage.

City having more of the play without creating anything of not just yet and both sides pressing quickly, not allowing any time on the ball.


Here we go ๐Ÿ™Œ

City are first out on this bitterly cold night!

As was the case Saturday, the substitutes in the stand do their best to make some noise!



Taylor on our unbeaten run ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"You never know after a Cup Final - with the high of getting a medal and trophy in the cabinet early - what the reaction will be.

"Since then, the performances we've had have had good elements of play and everyone has played their part.

"We just need to do what we need to do in order to progress on Thursday. We want to come out successful.

"We always focus on us, taking care of what we can control and let what happens to others happen.

"We've had a decent amount of games since the Cup Final and we're on a good unbeaten run, which we hope will continue."


Taylor on his first Manchester Derby ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"I was really proud of the players and the way we played in the first half - we played some fantastic football.

"I never thought we were in any danger - I never thought they were a threat. Set plays looked to be their only way of getting back into the game and we've been working hard on trying to eliminate those errors.

"It was an exciting Derby and one in which we probably did enough to win. If we improve in the final third, I'm confident we'll win more games than not.

"There were some real positives to take from a big game and we continued our unbeaten run since the FA Cup Final."


Gareth Taylor ๐Ÿ’ฌ

"It's a game we're looking forward to.

"The girls have been great this week. It's a different competition and a good opportunity to put on a good display and gain the result we need to go through to the quarter-finals.

"At the same time, we can potentially knock out one of our rivals!

"We go into each game wanting to win but other teams want to do that as well, of course.

"I'm expecting a competitive game. On Saturday, it was certainly a game of two halves.

"The result was probably more of a high for them but at the end of the day, it was a draw in a competitive Manchester Derby."



Should this game be drawn after 90 minutes, a penalty shoot-out will take place to determine the winner, who will receive a bonus point.

Imagine that... a Manchester Derby penalty shoot-out?!

Nerves of steel required... (and that's just from me, attempting to type it out live!!!)

Hopefully, it won't be needed...


Rule changes and qualification criteria ๐Ÿ“„

"Following the restructure of this yearโ€™s FA Womenโ€™s Continental Tyres League Cup group stages, with six groups rather than four, a change in rules to calculate who would progress into the quarter-finals was required. 

"The increased number of groups means that whilst the winners still automatically progress into the quarter-finals, only two positions remain for the runners-up. Therefore the two best second place teams will progress to the quarter-finals.

 "Usually, the two best second place teams would be those who finish on the most points, using additional methods (goal difference, goals scored, etc) to determine the best second place team should two sides finish on the same number of points.

 "However, using this rule is not possible, as due to the number on entrants (23), Group E only contains three teams.

 "Therefore, the teams in this group have a lower potential points total that they can accumulate, making it very unlikely that the second-place team could advance to the quarter-finals through no fault of their own.

 "In order to allow for an equal comparison between the second-place finishing teams, an average Points Per Game (PPG) calculation will be used. This means taking the total number of points accumulated by a team, and dividing it by the number of fixtures that have been played.

 "If two teams have the same PPG in second place, then the teams will be separated using average goal difference per game and average goals scored per game."


T E A M ๐Ÿ’™

It's not just Laura Coombs who is pleased with her sparkling form - Gareth Taylor and her teammates are naturally delighted, especially Keira Walsh!

"It's been really nice for the girls to see how well Coombsy's doing," the 23-year-old City fan declared.

"She's a player everybody loves - she's such a nice person to be around and she always has a smile on her face, whether she's playing or not.

"That really helps with team spirit. Whether you're playing or not, you want your teammates to play well.

"She's looking confident and she's scored three great goals. Long may it continue.

"It's been nice to see so many different faces on the pitch. Jess Park has been getting more minutes as well and hopefully, that will continue.

"She's going to be a massive player for us and for England in the future.

"Squad rotation will be so important this year.

"It's probably something we've not had as much in the past but going into a season and wanting to challenge for every trophy, it's natural you're going to need a lot of different players."


Coombs on England ๐Ÿ’ฌ

โ€œThat came as a surprise โ€“ a very good surprise!

โ€œTo be honest, I hadnโ€™t thought about getting back into the England squad for a couple of years โ€“ Iโ€™d been focusing on getting into the team at City.

โ€œIโ€™d hoped that with that, maybe something would come but it was more of a hope than anything.

โ€œItโ€™s great to be recognised and given the chance to go into camp and again, show what I can do.

โ€œI chatted to Phil [Neville] on the phone and Iโ€™m really excited. I phoned my mum straight away and told her not to tell anyone but by the time I got home, I had a million messages!

โ€œItโ€™s going pretty well for me at the moment and I want it to continue!โ€


Laura Coombs ๐Ÿ’ฌ

โ€œItโ€™s a great feeling. I canโ€™t believe how much can happen in two weeks!

โ€œIt all started at the Liverpool game. It did feel like the start of something at the time.

โ€œIโ€™d been waiting a while to play and in my mind, I felt I had to put in a good performance and show what I can do.

โ€œGetting that goal definitely helped! And then I earned a spot in the Bristol game and scored again.

โ€œIโ€™ve watched that goal against Liverpool quite a few times but not as many as the one against United!

โ€œI think that one was more special because of the occasion and the fact it was against our rivals โ€“ it was the most Iโ€™ve ever celebrated a goal!"


Girl on fire ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Perhaps a surprise not to see Laura Coombs in the starting XI, given her recent form but to be fair, she probably deserves a rest after the fortnight she's had!

Caught up with our midfield maestro yesterday and - ever humble - she couldn't believe what the last two weeks had thrown her way.

Not only a hat-trick of wondergoals but an England call-up too - five years after her previous selections.

At 29, she admitted it wasn't something she thought she'd experience again...


Warm-ups under way ๐Ÿ’ช

Both teams are out, readying themselves for action.

I spy a couple of snoods and gloves! (Disappointed in you Lucy Bronze and Jill Scott - you're from up north!)

Stretches at the moment, limbering up, before we get down to the ball work.

Aside from the music over the tannoy, it's pretty quiet. Focused.


A dream in our hearts ๐Ÿ’™

What a night for 20-year-old Esme Morgan.

A lifelong City fan lining up against United for the first time.

She's definitely gonna be up for this one!

Reckon in it would be a pretty good time to bag your first goal for the Club, Esme!


A night under the lights ๐ŸŒœ

It's a cold one this evening - and another quiet one!

Once again, we're behind-closed-doors - a very odd scenario for a Manchester Derby but as was the case on Saturday, I'm sure it will be another feisty one!

Lessons will have been learned by both sides from the weekend's enthralling encounter.

City were left to rue missed chances, as United fought back from 2-0 down in the second half. In truth, we should have been out of sight by the break!

A sloppy error gifted the Reds a route back into the game and they rode the momentum to force an equaliser.

While a draw would suit us tonight in terms of sealing qualification, I imagine tails will be up to get one over on our rivals - and knock them out of the competition in the process!

Now, that would be sweet....


Ringing the changes ๐Ÿ””

Gareth Taylor opts to make seven changes to the side that faced United on Saturday.

Karen Bardsley replaces Ellie Roebuck in goal, while Gemma Bonner, Esme Morgan, Jill Scott, Caroline Weir, Jess Park and Janine Beckie are all reinstated to the starting XI.

KB will be shielded by a backline of Esme Morgan, Alex Greenwood, Gemma Bonner and Lucy Bronze, while Keira Walsh will protect the backfour in defensive midfield.

Weir and tonight's captain Scott will occupy centre midfield with Stanway and Park on the wings and Beckie upfront.

Long-term absentee Megan Campbell makes a welcome return to the bench, while Rose Lavelle misses out on featuring in tonightโ€™s matchday squad as a precaution after picking up a slight knock in training this week.



Here we go again!

Two Manchester Derbies in five days!

We're back at Leigh Sports Village tonight, as City and United lock horns once again - this time in the Continental Cup.

If Saturday's thrilling 2-2 draw is anything to go by, we're in for a treat.

With six points from our opening two Group C games, we only need a point to qualify for the knock-out stages.

However, with their second game against Everton postponed, United need to win...

Who will take home the points? And the bragging rights?

Stay tuned to find out...

Other games that day

  • Durham Women1
    Aston Villa Women1
  • Crystal Palace Women6
    London Bees Ladies1
  • Coventry United Ladies0
    Sheffield United Women4

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Everton Women 2 -1 3
3 Liverpool Women 3 -2 3
4 Manchester United 1 -2 0
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