Skinner hopes Manchester United can avoid a ‘banana skin’ moment in the FA Cup clash with Lewes

MARC SKINNER insists Manchester United must do their best to avoid a ‘banana skin’ moment against Lewes later on.

The Red Devils visit the Dripping Pan this afternoon to take on Scott Booth’s side, who are seventh in the second division, in the quarterfinals.


Marc Skinner says Lewes can expect Man United to be ‘at their best’ in the FA Cup quarter-gameCredit: Getty


The League Two Rooks are the lowest-ranked team left in the competitionCredit: Getty

Skinner said: “If you watch their players play (you can tell) they’re trying to play really effective football,

“When we’re not at our best, the banana peel potential comes up.

“We will not take them lightly and they should expect the very best from us.

“For us, it’s about avoiding that by being very good at what we do.”

Lewes’ home game with the Red Devils comes five days after the Championship team demanded equal FA Cup prize money.

Her players signed an open letter to Karen Carney, who is leading a government-backed review of women’s football.

So far her women’s side have been paid £45,000 for their cup progression.

Men’s teams that reach this level will receive £450,000.

And it has been reported that the club will not receive any fees for their game, which will be broadcast by the BBC.

This is in contrast to the £200,000 paid to men’s teams when their quarter-final matches are shown on television.

Of Lewe’s call for equal pay, Skinner said: “I think we can never change anything if we don’t address the issues we’re going through.

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“I honestly don’t know the funding mechanisms (for broadcasting fees) and why these decisions are being made, so it would be foolish of me to say anything.

“I support the growth of women’s football and the message from Lewes of how we can continue to grow and how fast we are growing.

“I applaud all the women at Lewes and everyone who fights hard behind the scenes to work for equality and justice because we are a part of it

“I feel like we’re growing, but we should always keep that in mind.


Scott Booth’s players will face Sheffield United next in the Championship after their clash with the Red DevilsCredit: Getty

“Are there any ways we can add more money and are there any ways we can add more funds?”

Skinner’s side will try to recover from their loss to Chelsea last time out by reaching the FA Cup semi-finals.

The United boss added: “The players are already hungry and waiting to seize any opportunity that presents itself. The energy they have is really good.”

Lewes v Manchester United in the Women’s FA Cup can be watched live on BBC iPlayer today at 12:30pm

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