Everton Forward Magill Relishing Old Trafford Challenge

Simone Magill believes Sunday’s match at Manchester United is an opportunity to show the quality within the Everton camp, with the Blues are set to travel to Old Trafford in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League (12.30pm BST).

Fans are expected to turn up in their thousands – including an away section filled with royal blue – and the Northern Ireland international is confident that the squad can step up to the challenge against a United side who are chasing for a spot in the top three.

“It’s an exciting game and one that we are looking forward to,” Magill told evertonfc.com.

“The occasion is what it is, but I feel it’s important that we don’t let that get the better of us.

“We need to focus on the task at hand and that it’s going to be a tough game against Manchester United.

“When we play against United, it’s a tasty fixture and on Sunday we want to take the game to them and put in a top performance.

“Despite our recent results, we want to build on the positives from those games, andtake that into Sunday.

“This is a perfect opportunity for us to go out there and have a real top performance.

“Ultimately, it’s an opportunity for us to show what we’re about.

“There are still five games left this season so for us it’s a case of putting everything that we have got left into those final games.

“We need to leave everything out there and hopefully that can give us some momentum heading into next season.”

Magill was on target when the Blues faced the Red Devils in the league earlier this season in a 1-1 draw, their first-ever point against Sunday’s opponents in the WSL era.

When reflecting on that result, the 27-year-old spoke of the character the team showed on that day after going behind early on and stated that the squad will need to showcase that resilience once more if they are to walk away with a positive result this weekend.

“We’ve faced a lot challenges this year where we have had to dig into that character within us and show what we are about,” she added.

Simone Magill
We need to go out there and take the game to them, we have absolutely nothing to lose now.

“We’re going to have to utilise every member of the team to pull us through and hopefully the fans there will play their part too.”

Magill joined Everton nine years ago this month – and has seen women's football grow significantly in that time.

With a large crowd expected on Sunday afternoon, Magill discussed on how far the game has come and how things will continue to improve in the years ahead.

“I perhaps wouldn’t have imagined playing at these stadiums a few years ago so every time we do, it takes your breath away,” Magill expressed.

“Goodison Park, Old Trafford... These are iconic stadiums in world football.

“It’s a credit to where the women’s game is now and how we’re getting matches at these venues.

“It’s what you dream of, playing in front of that many people.

“When you’re a kid, you imagine playing in front of those really big crowds.

“It’s good that we’re attracting big crowds for these one-off games, but it’s about how we can then keep that attendance number high at other grounds on a consistent basis, as it would be better for the game.

“Hopefully that’s where we are heading, and the women’s game continues to grow.”

In what has been a difficult season for Everton, Magill praised the Blues' loyal fanbase for continuing to drive the squad on.

She hopes the team can put on a performance on Sunday that makes the travelling support proud.

“The fans have been incredible this year, probably the best I can remember since I joined Everton,” the Blues forward expressed.

“They have been so crucial to us this year, through thick and thin.

“We’ve been through a lot this season, but the fans have always stuck by us and helped pull us through when times have been really hard.

“It would be fantastic for us to look up at Old Trafford and see a section filled with blue.

“I think that would be incredible.

“If it’s someone’s first time supporting us then I just hope it inspires them to keep coming back and grow our fanbase even more.”