Villa will provide the first of two tests against WSL opposition for United in pre-season, as we get set for the new campaign. The Midlands club registered a 10th-place finish in their first-ever top-flight season last time out, having lifted the Championship title the year before. They will also go into the upcoming term under new management with 2020/21 WSL Manager of the Year nominee Carla Ward making the switch across the city from Birmingham, to take charge at the club.
Ahead of Saturday’s meeting, there are four competitive meetings in the history books between the two sides. Each one has come in league competition and the record makes for good viewing for the Reds, who have come out on top in every single one, without conceding a goal. In 2018/19, we did the double over Villa, including a 12-0 victory on the road in our first-ever league match. Last season, we met for the first time in the WSL with United winning both matches again, 2-0 away, before a 3-0 triumph at Leigh Sports Village in March.