Preview: Man United keep pressure on WSL leaders as they take on Birmingham

SOLIHULL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11: Lauren James of Manchester City runs with the ball with pressure from Freya Gregory of Birmingham City during the FA Women's Continental League Cup game between Birmingham City Women and Manchester United Women at Damson Park on December 11, 2019 in Solihull, England. (Photo by Morgan Harlow/Getty Images)

Manchester United are level on points with WSL leaders Chelsea and are exceeding all expectations. Tomorrow, they take on a resilient Birmingham City side. This match promises to be another intriguing encounter for both teams.

Last season was United’s first in the top flight and although they finished in an impressive fourth place they were still a massive sixteen points behind Champions Chelsea.

This season Man United have added to their squad, including new signing, defender Maria Thorisdottir. They are now seriously challenging for the title.

When the two teams met earlier in the season, it was looking like a shock win may be on the cards for the Blues. United’s Jane Ross took the lead inside five minutes but Birmingham recovered well to equalise through Claudia Walker’s first goal for the Club. Blues then took the lead through a Sarah Mayling free kick which Abbie McManus turned into her own net.

However, Casey Stoney displayed her prowess as a brave manager in making three changes at half-time. You have to give credit where credit is due, as United eventually went on to win that match 5-2.

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Player to watch: Leah Galton (Man United)

Leah Galton is the most recent winner of the WSL Player of the Month award and it’s easy to see why. She’s scored an impressive four goals in her last five games.

She has certainly reaffirmed her love affair with football after previously taking a six month sabbatical, craving a different life away from football.

This season Galton has linked up well with fellow players Ella Toone and Kirsty Hanson and they’re working well together. With Galton and her teammates on form there’s bound to be more goals on Sunday.

Player to watch: Emily Murphy (Birmingham)

Emily Murphy only joined Birmingham City last weekend having signed on loan from Chelsea. However, in that game against Brighton and Hove Albion she gave Blues fans a taste of what to expect.

Murphy’s style is very much direct with her darting runs down the wing. She is showing much confidence and maturity for a 17-year-old.

Whether Murphy retains her spot on the right-wing remains to be seen with the ever impressive Sarah Mayling also coming back from injury who can also play on the wing.

Chances are both players will start so Mayling may slot into the full back position so they can work together on the right flank.

Kick-off on tomorrow at 12pm and the match is live on The FA Player.

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