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

Casey Stoney wants her staff whenever they take on Manchester City in the first derby in women’s soccer, to play without anxiety.
Stoney’s negative have now been given a daunting although brief visit to City after heading up last season as winners as they start their FA Women’s Super League campaign.
Nick Cushing’s City will be the favourites to emerge from this game with three points according to Stoney, who expects Manchester United play freedom and will take off the shackles.
“There will be some nerves, so it’s ordinary,” she told Sky Sports News.
“It’s an opening game of their WSL, they would like to work, they would like to do well, we want to do well as a club.
“However, I view it as an opportunity to express themselvesgo out on the grass, also make mistakes because that is how you learn.
“Clearly they do not want to make mistakes about the biggest stage but we would like to encourage them to go out there and have no fear and have a go.
“We won’t be expected to win this particular match, we shouldn’t be expected to win that match. We have just been encouraged, Manchester City are a wonderful team, they’ve been winning trophies for the previous four years.
“The expectation and pressure ought to be on the opposition on Saturday.”
Using Tottenham’s visit to Chelsea per day later being played at the home stadium of the men’s group, this weekend’s Manchester derby occurs in the Etihad Stadium.
City and England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley misses the match because of her ongoing recovery from a hamstring injury but admits the derby claims to be a distinctive occasion.
She said:”it is a wonderful opportunity and a privilege to get this chance and the two clubs need to take that opportunity by the scruff of their neck actually and show folks in England and across the world how far the women’s game has come but also how far it could go.
“It’d be great to fill it but I want people to develop an experience they adore [in which they believe ] they play very good soccer, really entertaining, it is an environment that’s great to be part of.
“There is a social aspect to it. We’re inclusive, not trying to turn away, so if we can break a attendance record I’d be so, so pleased. It is going to be a yummy fixture and I am really excited about watching it.”

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