FA WSL: Manchester United boss Casey Stoney says derby pressure is on Manchester City

Casey Stoney needs her staff when they take on Manchester City in the first Manchester derby in top-flight women’s football, to perform with no anxiety.
Stoney’s negative have been given a brief but daunting trip to City because they open their FA Women’s Super League campaign after going up last season as winners.
Nick Cushing’s City are the overwhelming favourites to emerge out of the match with three things according to Stoney, who hopes Manchester United will take the shackles off and perform together with freedom.
“There will be some nerves, so it is ordinary,” she told Sky Sports News.
“It’s an opening match of their WSL, they want to perform, they need to perform well, we would like to do well as a team.
“But I view it as an chance to express themselves, go out on the grass, also also make mistakes because that’s how you learn.
“Obviously they don’t want to make mistakes on the greatest point but we would like to encourage them to go out there and have no fear and have a try.
“We won’t be expected to win this particular game, we should not be expected to win this game. We’ve only been encouraged, Manchester City are a team, they’ve been winning trophies for the last four decades.
“The expectation and pressure should be on the opposition on Saturday.”
This weekend’s Manchester derby takes place using Tottenham’s visit to Chelsea a day also being played in the home stadium of the men’s group.
City and England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley misses the game due to her recovery from a hamstring injury but acknowledges the derby claims to be a distinctive event.
She said:”It’s a great opportunity and a chance to have this chance and the two clubs need to take that opportunity by the scruff of the neck and reveal individuals in England and across the globe how far the women’s sport has come also how far it can go.
“It would be good to fill it but I want people to develop an experience they adore [in which they believe ] they play great soccer, really entertaining, it’s an environment that’s great to be part of.
“There’s a social aspect to it. We are inclusive, not hoping to turn off, so I’d be so, so proud if we could break an attendance record. It’s likely to be a yummy fixture and I am really looking forward to watching it.”

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