Manchester United boss Marc Skinner believes his team is ready to face Arsenal, who did not win in the Women’s Super League on Sunday after their mid-week champions.
United’s 2-1 2-1 Continental Cup victory over Manchester City players delighted Skinner who saw it as a testament to his players’ ability to compete in the fast-paced competition.
Skinner told MUTV: “It seems the players are waking up to what we are asking them to do with their energy and dedication.
“Talent is there, character is there, and he is at war with the spirit. He has already shown it and we will continue to show it.”
United will go on to play with another boost after player Ella Toone signed a new contract to keep him at the club until 2025.
Arsenal play a game without Leah Williamson who suffered a back injury in a game against Tottenham last week which could keep him out for the rest of the year.
Boss Jonas Eidevall, who called his team’s “violent” game schedule this week, is also looking at Mana Iwabuchi, Simone Boye and Tobin Heath.
Chelsea midfielder Maren Mjelde has vowed he will not be easy at second-placed Birmingham as his side look to reshape the Gunners and take the top spot.
Emma Hayes’ team beat Servette in the Champions League midweek when Mjelde made his first appearance in eight months with a serious knee injury.
Despite not winning this season, Birmingham fired manager Scott Booth on Friday and assistant manager Tony Elliott has taken over for a while.
Talent is present, character is present, and he has this battle with the spirit. He has already shown it and we will continue to do so
Mjelde told his official statement: “You will see us well on Sunday.
“It’s the last game before the international break so we just need to make some changes.”
West Ham want the first half WSL won London players Tottenham, and entered the game with a good heart after a 4-0 midweek win against Birmingham that sealed Booth’s future.
But Tottenham continue to make good appearances and impress their boss Rehanne Skinner with their 11-0 Cup win over Watford within a week.
“It’s a different test than we all expect,” Skinner said. “You have to adjust the times that are right, which will be important on Sunday.”
Hope Powell encouraged his Brighton team to keep the realities as they head to Reading to be third on the table behind three consecutive wins.
“It’s about to start, we need to sit down and not move forward,” Powell said.
Also in the WSL on Sunday, Everton travel to Leicester where they have lost all seven league games so far.
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