United enter this fixture on the back of a strong pre-season, which featured the Reds defeating European heavyweights PSG in France, and most recently running out 1-0 winners over Everton at Carrington. In addition to that, many of Skinner’s squad returned to Manchester this summer having turned out for their countries in the 2022 Euros. Of course, our four Lionesses Mary Earps, Ella Toone, Alessia Russo and summer signing Nikita Parris will be buoyed by their success and looking to carry that momentum into 2022/23.
For the visitors, Reading come into the season opener having defeated fellow WSL side Aston Villa 3-2 in their final pre-season outing. The Royals were set to take on WSL newcomers Liverpool last week, but due to the postponement of those games, they travel to Leigh on Saturday to commence their new season.
The Reds will be hoping to recreate our 2-0 win over Reading at LSV from the first day of last season when the Royals visit on Saturday.
In March’s return fixture, Skinner’s side again won by two goals, with a Leah Galton brace and a goal from Alessia Russo seeing United triumph 3-1 in Berkshire.