Sunderland vs Man Utd Women's FA Cup preview: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Man Utd will get their Women's FA Cup campaign underway this weekend
Man Utd will get their Women's FA Cup campaign underway this weekend / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

Top of the WSL meets eighth in the Women's Championship in the FA Cup fourth round this weekend when Manchester United make the trip north east to Sunderland.

The Red Devils are having an outstanding league season and are currently well on course to finish in the top three and qualify for the Champions League for the first time. This competition could represent a chance to win a first major trophy, although they exited the Conti Cup at the group stage.

Sunderland have sold all available tickets for this one and are expecting a club record crowd.

The Lasses come into this one off the back of three successive league wins, but they were thrashed 5-0 by WSL strugglers Leicester in the Conti Cup a little over two weeks ago.

Where to watch Sunderland vs Man Utd on TV/live stream

When is kick off? Sunday 29 January, 13:00 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground
TV channel/live stream? MUTV (UK & Ireland only)
Referee? Elizabeth Simms

Sunderland team news

Sunderland are expected to bring Wales international Esther Morgan straight into the squad following the completion of her loan move from Tottenham on Friday.

But boss Mel Reay will be without fellow defender Louise Griffiths through injury.

Man Utd team news

Marc Skinner has ruled out rotation for the sake of it, insisting every player always has to earn their place in the team. Still. don't expect that he won't change things up from the usual XI, with the likes of Vilde Boe Risa, Maria Thorisdottir, Jade Moore and Adriana Leon all potential starters.

There could also be a debut for January loan signing Estelle Cascarino, who is seen by the club as a midfielder rather than defender. But fans will have to wait to see Lisa Naalsund, who needs five or six weeks to get back up to speed after not playing since the end of the 2022 Norwegian season. Fellow new arrival Jayde Riviere suffered a long-term injury in the autumn and won't be ready until mid-March.

Sunderland vs Man Utd score prediction

Manchester United are used to facing lower league opposition in the FA Cup, having been paired with third tier Bridgwater United at this stage last season.

A strong Red Devils XI only scored twice that day and didn't properly seal the result until the closing stages. But this season has seen significant improvements from Skinner's side, who have become much more clinical and have a reputation for starting games fast.

United have struggled in the north east already in recent months, being held by Durham - who have a remarkable home record against top flight teams - in the Conti Cup. But they made much lighter work of Sheffield United in December and will be expecting to repeat that kind of performance.

Even with changes to the team expected, players like Boe Risa and Leon are hungry for opportunities and have shown they can make the necessary impact.

Prediction: Sunderland 0-4 Man Utd

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