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

Casey Stoney needs her team when they take on Manchester City at the first derby at top-flight women’s soccer, to play without fear.
Stoney’s side have been given a daunting although short visit to City after going up last season as 32, because they open their FA Women’s Super League campaign.
Nick Cushing’s City are the favourites to come based on Stoney, who hopes Manchester United will take the shackles off and play freedom.
„There’ll be some nerves, it is ordinary,“ she told Sky Sports News.
„It’s an opening game of the WSL, they want to perform, they would like to do well, we would like to perform well as a club.
„But I see it as an opportunity to express themselves, go out onto the grass, and make mistakes because that’s the way you learn.
„Clearly they don’t want to make mistakes about the biggest stage but we would like to encourage them to go out there and don’t have any fear and have a go.
„We will not be expected to win this match, we should not be expected to win this match. We’ve just been encouraged, Manchester City are a team, they’ve been winning trophies for the last four decades.
„The expectation and pressure ought to be on the opposition on Saturday.“
This weekend’s Manchester derby takes place with Tottenham’s trip to Chelsea a day also being played in the home stadium of the men’s group, Stamford Bridge.
City and England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley misses the game due to her recovery from a hamstring injury but acknowledges the season-opening derby promises for a distinctive occasion.
She explained:“it is a excellent opportunity and a chance to get this opportunity and clubs need to take that chance by the scruff of their neck really and show people in England and round the world how much the women’s game has come but also how much it can go.
„It’d be good to fill it I want people to come away with an experience they adore [where they think] they play very great soccer, really entertaining, it’s an environment that’s great to be part of.
„There is a social element to it. We are inclusive, not attempting to turn away, so if we could break a attendance record I would be so proud. It is going to be a tasty fixture and I am actually excited about seeing it“

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