Manchester United Women’s team has star player Jackie Groenen back for this weekend’s Manchester derby in the Continental Cup.
After an opening day narrow defeat against their arch-rivals, United’s women are out for revenge in the cup.
Manager Casey Stoney is confident that they can get the right result this time around.
In an interview reported by goal.com, Stoney believes her team is giving a great account of themselves for their first season in the top flight.
Winning this derby is not only possible but expected.
“We dominated the game in the first half. No one in a million years would have thought that we’d have done that.”
“I think we surprised ourselves a little bit in terms of the level of performance that we put in, we definitely surprised them, but it gave us a lot of confidence.”
“We’ve created chances against them when other teams haven’t.”
She expects her side to be more clinical. They are winning but need to find that ruthless streak.
“You’ve got to take them though and we have been wasteful in front of goal.”
“We were wasteful on Sunday [in a 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur].”
“But it’s something we’re really concentrating on to make sure we’re really clinical in that final third.”
Stoney is glad to have Dutch midfielder Jackie Groenen back in the fold,
“With the power that we’ve got in the wings, having Jackie on the pitch with the ability to play forward it makes a difference to us.”
“Her energy, the way she gets around the presses and stops the opposition playing.”
“She’s non-stop talking. She is fantastic.”
“She went and played with the academy last week and the coach fed back to me the night she went to the game.”
“She said she was amazing with the young players – and she’s no different here. She’s incredible around the players.”
“There’s a reason we were talking to her so early last year and I identified that she was a player that was key to moving us through.”
After running away with the title of the second tier of women’s football in England last year, it was widely anticipated that Stoney’s side may struggle this year.
The Lady Red Devils currently sit fourth in the Women’s Super League.
— Manchester United Women (@ManUtdWomen) October 18, 2019