Casey Stoney wants her team whenever they take on Manchester City at the first derby in top-flight women’s football to play without fear.
Stoney’s negative have been given a visit to City as they start up their FA Women’s Super League campaign after going up last year as champions.
Nick Cushing’s City are the favourites to come out of this game with three things based on Stoney, who expects Manchester United will take the shackles off and perform with freedom.
“There’ll be some nerves, so it is normal,” she told Sky Sports News.
“It is an opening match of their WSL, they wish to work, they wish to do well, we would like to perform well as a club.
“However, I find it as an chance to express themselves, go out on the grass, and make mistakes because that’s the way you learn.
“Obviously they do not want to make mistakes about the biggest point but we want to motivate them to go out there and don’t have any anxiety and have a try.
“We won’t be expected to win this game, we shouldn’t be expected to win this game. We have only been promoted, Manchester City are a team, they’ve been winning trophies for the last four decades.
“The pressure and expectation should be about the opposition on Saturday.”
With Tottenham’s trip to Chelsea a day afterwards also being played at the home stadium of their men’s team, this weekend’s Manchester derby takes place in the Etihad Stadium.
City and England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley overlooks the sport due to her continuing recovery from a hamstring injury but acknowledges the derby claims for a special event.
She explained:”It’s a terrific opportunity and a chance to have this opportunity and clubs need to take that opportunity by the scruff of their neck and reveal folks in England and round the globe how far the women’s match has come also how much it can go.
“It would be great to fill it but I need people to come away with an experience they love [where they believe ] they play very good soccer, very entertaining, it is an environment that’s good to be part of.
“There is a social element to it. We’re inclusive, not hoping to turn away, so if an attendance record could break I’d be so proud. It is going to be a tasty fixture and I am actually looking forward to seeing it”
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