Women’s FA Cup final: Man Utd manager Marc Skinner and Chelsea boss Emma Hayes preview sold-out Wembley showdown | Football News

Mark Skinner has called on Man Utd to take the emotion out of their maiden Women’s FA Cup final, while Emma Hayes says that while experience is not an advantage, her Chelsea side are feeling the best they have had all season is in

Sunday’s showdown will be played in front of a sell-out of 90,000, setting a new attendance record for a women’s domestic club match.

But United boss Skinner has promised to treat the occasion as a “business-like event”, saying he had learned lessons from Manchester City’s 4-1 thrashing of his Birmingham team in the 2017 FA Cup final at Wembley.

Skinner said: “What we did wrong in Birmingham is that we made it a huge event. We made it bigger than it should have been.”

“Everyone knows it’s a big deal, but we put quotes from players and families on the wall. We made mistakes, and that was naivety.

“It became an emotional event rather than an obvious business-like event.

“If you win the cup you can celebrate and be as emotional as you want, but the reality is there’s going to be enough emotion in sports that we need to protect them.

“I learned from that and we have to manage the phases of the game better than we did in Birmingham. These are the factors we want to develop for this.”

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Manchester United Women’s head coach Mark Skinner looks forward to the Women’s FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley

Skinner is adamant that there is no added pressure on Sunday, even though the game is being played to sold-out crowds and shown on national television.

“It’s not pressure I don’t have every day,” Skinner said. “I also think there is more pressure on us than Chelsea, Arsenal or Manchester City because we are Manchester United.

Women’s FA Cup Final Team News

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“I think because every Manchester United fan wants us to win and we’re huge around the world. I’m sure there will be some nerves, but I’m giving my focus and attention to maximize it, because if If we win, it will be massive.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Hayes believes his side’s past FA Cup final performances will do them no favors, but has warned his side feel they are on course for their best spell of the season. Are.

“Past success is not indicative of future success,” she said.

“We are playing an excellent team that has led the league this year and deserves to be in the cup final.

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Farrah Williams feels the £100,000 prize money for winning the FA Cup should be seen as a positive and hopes it will continue to grow the game.

“Being there in the past probably gives you the luxury of understanding what it’s like, but that doesn’t benefit us.

“But when you go into such a big game against a top team, we want you to feel the best you can. We’re feeling the best we’ve felt all season.”

“This year, I think it is fair to say that our team has been dismissed too easily. We are always favorites in our own eyes… What is important is belief, confidence and belief which is important when internal It really matters. All I can say is we’re really looking forward to it.”

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Chelsea Women’s manager Emma Hayes is looking forward to the FA Cup final and is delighted that a sold-out Wembley is returning to normal for the women’s game.

The sold-out Wembley is a sign of how much the women’s game has grown over the years, and a moment Hayes is advocating for.

“We have reached the point where selling Wembley is no longer just a pipe dream,” he said.

“The FA doesn’t need to listen to me anymore about how important it is that we fill the stadium, well done everyone for doing that.”

Skinner, Hayes not thinking about WSL title race

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Highlights of the WSL clash between Chelsea and Leicester

Sunday’s final will be a reflection of the Women’s Super League table, where Manchester United and Chelsea occupy the top two places. Skinner’s team are currently on top with a one-point lead, although the Blues have a game in hand.

However, Skinner insisted that the Wembley clash would have no impact on the title race, saying: “I’m not thinking about it at all. I’m just focusing on the one-off game.

“For the first time I have allowed my players to split the games and we are seeing that ahead of the two tough games (against Manchester City and Liverpool) in the league.

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Highlights of the Women’s Super League match between Manchester United and Tottenham

“It has had no impact on our league and we are going to treat it as such, play it as a one-off incident.”

Not surprisingly, Hayes adheres to a similar mindset, adding: “I don’t think about the impact of the result because I’ve got through today. [Friday],

“Today, I have to go through the analysis and clean up the training clips, prepare for tomorrow.

“Tomorrow [Saturday] Should be the best session of the week so we are in the right place. Everyone should get the right amount of sleep and stay as fresh as possible so that when we go out on Sunday, we can put ourselves in the best possible condition. And all my attention is on this, nothing further.”

How to follow the Women’s FA Cup Final on Sky Sports

Follow the build-up, in-game updates and post-match analysis on Sky Sports’ digital platforms with our dedicated live blog.

Also follow the updates from Wembley LIVE on Sky Sports News, as well as the pre-match build-up and post-match reaction.

Kerr: I like big games

Chelsea striker Sam Kerr says he relishes the pressure of big occasions and is relishing the “chance to do something good” as he prepares for another FA Cup final.

Kerr has scored twice for the Blues in each of the last two competition finals, as they beat Arsenal 3–0 and then Manchester City 3–2 after extra time, as well as Chelsea over Man United this term. Netting in two WSL wins.

Kerr, who joined the game after being named the FWA’s Women’s Footballer of the Year on Friday, said: “I play this game to score goals and I like the pressure, I like the big games , I love being able to be one.” Moments in the palm of your hand and be able to do something great.

“So I’m excited about these games. People are still talking about that last game of the season, and for me that was very exciting. I think it’s exciting when there’s another moment like that on the horizon.” Is.

“You can’t ever think about losing – it’s a footballer’s number one sin.

“If you think about it, it’s bound to happen. I only think about good things. Once you start thinking negative thoughts, that’s the only way you go.”

“I visualize scoring a goal, celebrating, seeing my family after the game, all those things that drive me to play football.”

Analysis: Will Chelsea dominate again? Can Man Utd create history?

FA Cup Final - Chelsea vs Man Ud

Both holders Chelsea and first-time finalists Man Utd are aiming to secure the first leg of the home double when they face off in the Women’s FA Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.

The Blues have won the competition four times in the past six years and will be eyeing another at a sold-out Wembley.

Manchester United, however, are on the verge of a first major trophy after winning promotion to the WSL following the reform of the club in 2018.

The teams occupy the top two spots in the Women’s Super League, so Sunday’s winner will get a double chance.

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