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Report: Houghton wants Manchester to be blue

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Manchester City women’s team captain Steph Houghton wants to turn Manchester blue in the first women’s Manchester Derby.

In an interview reported by the Mirror, the City skipper has been longing to play in a Manchester derby. Now that the time has come she is determined to make a blue victory.

She said:

“We want to make Manchester blue.”

The game will take place at the Etihad Stadium, and although this is the first game of its kind, the rivalry is fierce.

She continued:

“I feel as though the rivalry is already there.”

“All the talk has been about a City and United women’s derby and we’ve finally got there.”

“Even though there’s no history there with us players, it’s important that we start that history the right way on Saturday. We want to make Manchester blue.”

“It’s exciting. Everybody’s been dying for a Manchester derby in the Women’s Super League.”

“We need to push rivalries, we need to push derby days and there’s none bigger than this one coming on Saturday.”

She was glad to see United gain promotion she feels it good for the women’s world of football.

She added:

“Last year, when United said they were in the Championship and fighting for promotion, as players and staff we were excited by the prospect of having them in our league.”

“Now, to have it as our first game, I think it’s going to do the women’s game the world of good.”

The women’s team is driven by the success of the men’s team.

Manchester has most certainly been blue in recent encounters. As Pep Guardiola’s men have seized the momentum from their once-dominant rivals.

“I look at our men’s team and you get envious because winning two Premier League trophies back to back is an unbelievable achievement.”

“We’re proud of them and I’m sure they’ll be in with a shout of doing that again this season and for us, we want to replicate that.”

Manchester City, Womens FA Cup
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 04: Steph Houghton of Manchester City Women lifts the Women’s FA Cup Trophy as her team win the Women’s FA Cup Final match between Manchester City Women and West Ham United Ladies at Wembley Stadium on May 04, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)