Manchester United vs Arsenal Women preview
Goals from Leah Galton and Alessia Russo gave Man United a 2-1 lead after a Mary Earps own goal had put the Seagulls in front before half time.
The semi-final tie looked destined to head to extra time when Danielle Carter restored parity, but Rachel Williams came off the bench to net an 89th-minute winner, sending the Red Devils through to the final where they will face the current holders Chelsea.
Man United will now turn their attention back to the WSL title race, with the league leaders currently one point better off than second-placed Chelsea, who have a game in hand.
Marc Skinner’s side made it through to their first FA Cup final by beating Brighton on Saturday, while Jonas Eidevall‘s team have not played since the international break and will have one eye on Sunday’s Champions League semi-final first leg away at Wolfsburg.
Arsenal were not in action at the weekend, but they are currently preparing for an important week, which will see them face one of their title rivals before they travel to Germany on Sunday for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Wolfsburg.
Skinner will still be without defender Maria Thorisdottir and midfielder Lisa Naalsund, who are both sidelined with injury problems.
Thorisdottir sustained a long-term mid-foot injury at the end of March and will miss the remainder of the season, but Naalsund is recovering well from a hamstring issue.
“United work very hard and are very solid defensively. They have a clear idea of how they play. So I expect that and we need to deal with that in the best way possible.
“When you prepare for United, you know 10 of the 11 players who are going to play. Sometimes they change one of the wide forward positions, otherwise, they always pick the same players.”
The Gunners are just three points adrift of Man United, but they will also be wary that their position in the Champions League places is far from secure, with fourth-placed Manchester City sitting just outside of the top three on goal difference.
Arsenal have a slight advantage of boasting a game in hand over the two Manchester clubs, and they know that they can move level on points with Man United if they claim an away victory on Wednesday.
After winning their last four league games by a combined 13-2 scoreline, the Gunners will certainly travel to Leigh Sports Village in a confident mood.
Although Arsenal were beaten 3-2 in the reverse fixture, they picked up a 2-0 victory in their most recent away meeting with Man United, which took place in November 2021.
Team news and Injury
Man United are still unable to call upon the services of Maria Thorisdottir and Lisa Naalsund, who are both sidelined with injury issues.
Despite coming off the bench to score the winner on Saturday, Williams is likely to remain among the substitutes for Wednesday’s encounter, with Skinner set to name an unchanged lineup.
Russo will continue to lead the line, and she will be looking to add to the 10 competitive goals that she has scored this season.
As for the visitors, they have confirmed that Kim Little will miss the rest of the campaign due to a hamstring injury that she picked up in last month’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.
Long-term absentees Vivianne Miedema and Beth Mead remain sidelined, while Steph Catley is also likely to miss out through injury.
Barring any fresh injury issues, Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall could select the same side that started the 2-1 win over Manchester City last time out.
Man utd vs arsenal prediction
Man United have proven to be a tough team to beat on home turf, winning eight of their last nine competitive home matches.
After winning the reverse fixture 3-2 in November, we think that the Red Devils will make full use of home advantage to claim another narrow victory over Arsenal on Wednesday.