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Weir: “I don’t think it gets much bigger...” On Rivalry With Manchester United

Man City Women face United in first professional Manchester derby.

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Caroline Weir believes that games ‘don’t get any bigger’ than the season opener of the WSL against Manchester United this Saturday.

It could be the biggest match to start the season and a perfect way to lift the curtain on the new domestic season with City and United playing the first-ever professional derby at the Etihad Stadium.

Weir, of course, is no stranger to big occasions, having figured in both FA Cup and Continental Cup finals for Nick Cushing’s side as well being a key part of the Scotland squad at this summer’s World Cup finals in France.

The City-United clash is now the center of attention with Weir saying:

“I don’t think it gets much bigger, especially as it’s the first professional game between us and it’s at the Etihad Stadium,” said the attacking midfielder.

“It will be a special occasion, but we won’t think about that too much – at the end of the day, it’s a game of football and we want to win, and start the season in the right way.

“Of course, we’re looking forward to it.

“Our main thought of pre-season has been preparation for that game. That’s where it really counts.

“It’s exciting and we’re looking forward to it.”

United for their part will be breaking new ground of their own at the Etihad with the match being their first in the Women’s Super League following promotion last season.

And Weir believes that United will present a tough challenge and be able to play a challenging match.

“United will come in with no pressure – it’s their first season in the WSL and they did well last year,” Weir added.

“They’ve made a few new signings and brought in some good players.

“I’m sure Casey Stoney will have them well-drilled so I know it will be a tough test.

“The Women’s Super League is growing every year and getting more competitive. It’s a tough league to be part of.

“I’m sure we’ll be up for it on the day. We’ll need to be at our best to get a result.”

City kick-off the 2019/20 Super League campaign in the Manchester Derby, hosting Manchester United on Saturday 7 September at the Etihad Stadium.

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