Manchester United fan Alessia Russo can’t contain her excitement ahead of Sunday’s Women’s Super League game against Everton at Old Trafford.
A year after United’s women’s side made their debut at the venue with a 2-0 win over West Ham, another chance to play at the historic stadium will take place this weekend.
Last year’s game had to be played behind closed doors and Russo sat out the clash with a hamstring injury, but she is keen to step out onto a crowded pitch she has visited several times. times to support the men’s team.
“I’m a Manchester United fan and I grew up watching incredible talent and games at this stadium,” said the England international.
“It really is the theater of dreams and when you walk in there is a feeling and a buzz in the atmosphere. For us to have our own fans in the stadium and to come out in front of your best friends, it will be a really great opportunity. .
“Last season was difficult. I was disgusted to miss any game, but especially at Old Trafford.
“It was great and the women’s team deserved to play here because I think it was a couple of years since the club started before we had our first game here.
“Now we’re all so excited and even more so because the fans are there. To have the fans will be amazing and maybe I’m biased, but I think we have the best in the league. To have them all here and give back to them. will be really exciting.”
Visiting Everton could also get strong support after the club organized a free trip to Old Trafford.
Caretaker boss Chris Roberts urged his players to treat the game like any other game.
“Honestly, you have to treat every game the same, whether it’s Goodison, Old Trafford or whether you’re playing in a facility with a small stand and no fans,” he said.
“No matter where you play, you have to prepare the players with a consistent message and not change what we do because we play in a certain stadium.
“After the game I’m sure it will be nice to look back on a game played at Old Trafford, but it’s only good if we win or get something from the game.”
Everton suffered a 4-0 midweek loss to Manchester City, who are fourth in the table and behind rivals United only on goal difference in the fight for the final Champions League spot.
City take on bottom club Birmingham next and ahead of Sunday’s game manager Gareth Taylor was able to provide a positive update on Chloe Kelly.
Kelly suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury last May but his hopes of being fit for the European Championship on home soil this summer have been given a boost with the England striker set to make his return next month. next.
“Chloe is days away from her recovery in terms of training minutes under her belt,” Taylor said.
“She’s not too far away. The plan is that she will be available for a few minutes next weekend at West Ham.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Chelsea will be top if they win at Leicester – leaders Arsenal not playing this weekend – while West Ham host Brighton.