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Manchester United Women are in pre-season action for the first time this summer on Sunday (8 August) when Liverpool are the visitors to Carrington for a friendly that will be shown live on MUTV.
It will be an opportunity for fans to see the team take to the pitch for the first time under new head coach Marc Skinner, following his appointment in recent weeks. However, no supporters will be permitted to attend the match unfortunately due to current COVID protocols at the training ground.
The midday BST kick-off is the first of three pre-season matches for the Reds in preparation for our upcoming WSL campaign, with friendlies against Aston Villa and Brighton & Hove Albion to come later in August.
HOW CAN I FOLLOW THE MATCH?
MUTV’s exclusive live coverage begins at 11:45 BST and we’ll publish a match report on ManUtd.com and the Official App shortly after full-time.
If you subscribe to MUTV now, you can receive 12 months for the price of six!
To activate the offer, go to mutv.manutd.com and enter the code MUTVTOUR21. Once you have set it up on the website, you can watch the channel via the MUTV App and other digital devices including Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Roku and Xbox.
However, you will have to be quick as this deal ends at 23:59 BST today (Saturday).
It is expected that new head coach Marc Skinner will have the opportunity to give minutes to a large majority of the squad during our first pre-season run-out, including the five new signings who are in contention to feature for the first time in a United shirt on Sunday.
Jackie Groenen and Ella Toone will not be available following their exploits at the Tokyo Olympics in recent weeks and neither will goalkeepers Emily Ramsey and Fran Bentley, who both signed new contracts with the club this week, before going out on loan to Birmingham City and Bristol City respectively, ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
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In the gym and on the training pitch, United Women are putting in the work ahead of the upcoming campaign…
Sunday’s game will also be part of Liverpool’s pre-season preparations as they prepare for their upcoming FA Women’s Championship campaign.
The Merseyside club finished third in the pyramid’s second tier last season and have already taken to the pitch this summer, with three 30-minute run-outs against WSL newcomers Leicester City last weekend.
It was the first time new manager Matt Beard has seen his side in action since returning to the club that he guided to back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014, following recent spells in charge of West Ham United and Bristol City.
Prior to our meeting this weekend, we have previously faced Liverpool three times competitively in our history, as well as playing out a goalless draw with them in pre-season last year.
Our first-ever match was a 1-0 away win against the Merseyside club in the group stage of the 2018/19 Continental Cup before Sunday’s opponents got their revenge in the same round of the competition last season. Our only ever league contest came two seasons ago when United emerged 2-0 winners at Leigh Sports Village.
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New full-back Hannah Blundell has been pictured in United kit for the very first time…