Manchester United vs. Arsenal
Leigh Sports Village Stadium, Leigh, England
Kickoff: November 8th, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. EST
It is shaping up to be an exciting weekend of soccer in the FA Women’s Super League, with six matches set to take place between Saturday and Sunday. On our radar is the upcoming tilt between Arsenal, who currently sits atop the WSL standings, and Manchester United, currently in third. The match will be played this Sunday, November 8th at 7:00 a.m. EST at Leigh Sports Village Stadium in Leigh, England.
Straight back to it ????All eyes on Sunday ????#MUWomen pic.twitter.com/b8357cB995— Manchester United Women (@ManUtdWomen) November 5, 2020
Straight back to it ????All eyes on Sunday ????#MUWomen pic.twitter.com/b8357cB995
Arsenal has had quite an impressive start to the 2020-2021 season, maintaining an undefeated streak and a 5-0-0 record with five wins in five matches played. In those five matches, Arsenal has scored 29 goals while simultaneously only allowing 4 goals against — earning a perfect 15 points to reign atop the league standings, though only a mere 2 points separate Arsenal from both second-place Everton and Manchester United.
Manchester United has likewise been off to a hot start, winning four and drawing one of their five league matches for a 4-1-0 record. Thus far, the squad has recorded 14 goals and limited their opponents to only 5 goals against. Like Everton, Manchester United has 13 points, with only goal differential separating the two.
Here's how the #BarclaysFAWSL table looks after gameweek 5️⃣ ???? pic.twitter.com/LRDARmefhy— Barclays FA Women's Super League (@BarclaysFAWSL) October 18, 2020
Here's how the #BarclaysFAWSL table looks after gameweek 5️⃣ ???? pic.twitter.com/LRDARmefhy
Needless to say, Sunday’s matchup will be a fight — especially given Manchester United’s recent additions. In September, the club signed US women’s national team stars Tobin Heath and Christen Press. Heath, who left the Portland Thorns to play in Manchester, has recorded 168 appearances with the USWNT, scoring 33 goals and assisting 40 for her country. Press, on the other hand, joins Manchester United from the Utah Royals and has logged 138 appearances for the USWNT, in which she’s netted 58 goals and assisted 37. The pair have also won two World Cup trophies for the United States in 2015 and 2019.
Since their signings, the two have already left a notable impression on Manchester United — each opening their scoring account with the club in their third appearance for the team, boosting Manchester United to a 4-2 win over West Ham United on October 18th.
Red & Ready! @ManUtdWomen pic.twitter.com/hZudQBEwKR— Christen Press (@ChristenPress) September 24, 2020
Red & Ready! @ManUtdWomen pic.twitter.com/hZudQBEwKR
This expert @TobinHeath finish for #MUWomen is on the October shortlist for Goal of the Month! ????@OfficialPES— Manchester United Women (@ManUtdWomen) November 3, 2020
This expert @TobinHeath finish for #MUWomen is on the October shortlist for Goal of the Month! ????@OfficialPES
Arsenal has not faced Manchester United since the team added Heath and Press to their roster, meaning this match could be anyone’s game. The last meeting between the two squads took place back in February, with Arsenal holding onto a 2-1 win to knock Manchester United out of the Continental Tyres League Cup. Dutch-born forward Vivianne Miedema recorded the brace for Arsenal while Mollie Green notched Manchester United’s lone goal in the late minutes of the match, sparking hope for a comeback that fell short as the final whistle blew.
Providing Everton loses to Chelsea on Sunday, Manchester United has the opportunity to dethrone Arsenal and move into first place in WSL League 1 standings should they secure the win and three points. There’s a lot on the line, which means there’s plenty of reasons to wake up early for this powerhouse showdown on Sunday.
Manchester United vs. Manchester City @ 7:30 a.m. EST
Aston Villa vs. Birmingham City @ 9:30 a.m. EST
Everton vs. Reading FC @ 11:30 a.m. EST
Bristol City vs. Tottenham @ 1:30 p.m. EST
West Ham vs. Brighton & Hove Albion @ 7:30 a.m. EST
Arsenal vs. Chelsea @ 9:30 a.m. EST