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Blakstad aims to make a mark in WSL and follow the Norwegian team’s silver cup success

JULIE BLAKSTAD hopes Manchester City will be ready to ‘bury’ Man United when they face off in the semi-final derby.

And the success of his Norwegian teammates at WSL partly prompted the midfielder to have the opportunity to move to England to play.

Julie Blakstad insists her move to Manchester City has come at the right stage in her career

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Julie Blakstad insists her move to Manchester City has come at the right stage in her careerCredit: Reuters

Blakstad, 20, signed a January move to Man City from Rosenborg after weeks of speculation in the Norwegian press.

The WSL star, who has signed a two-year contract, has been a huge hit with impressive appearances in City’s 3-0 FA Cup semi-final defeat of Tottenham and a 1-0 loss to Tottenham. Chelsea.

Of her first Manchester derby, Blakstad said: “It could go either way and that’s the best thing about it – you don’t know the outcome in advance.

“A lot of the way the game goes depends on the mentality you go into the game.

“It’s an important thing for us. We have to have the right mentality, just go out there and smash them.

“I’m here to grow and I want to play, that would be great but it’s all about winning, so finding the best team is up to Gareth (Taylor). But if he chooses me, I’ll be ready.”

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A handful of Blakstad’s teammates have made their mark in the Women’s Super League in recent years.

They include Guro Reiten, 27, and Maren Mjelde, 32, who have successfully won titles with Chelsea.

Most recently, the duo helped the Blues win their fourth WSL title and win the Continental Tires Cup with the team also winning the FA Cup last year.

And Blakstad has revealed advice from Reiten and Man United defender Maria Thorisdottir, 28, that helped her make the decision to switch WSL.

Like Blakstad, Thorisdottir made the move in January when he moved to United from Chelsea last year after four seasons at Kingsmeadow.

The midfielder, who made his Norwegian debut in a defeat to Wales in 2020, added: “Maria has come a long way when she went to Chelsea and then Manchester United and showed that she can be successful. labour.

Blakstad spoke to Maria Thorisdottir about her experience in the UK before moving to WSL

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Blakstad spoke to Maria Thorisdottir about her experience in the UK before moving to WSLCredit: Getty

“It’s been a pretty good source of inspiration for me and Guro and Maren have also done well so far.

“I spoke to Guro and Maria – as Maria moved to Manchester midway through the season – because I think it might be difficult to make a move in January.

“At this stage (of a season), a team is settled and joining the team can be more difficult.

“Maria was honest and said it was something she might not want to do anymore.

“I feel this is the right time (to move) because I have nothing left to lose.

“The opportunity is there, and you just have to take it with both hands.”

Manchester United, third, enter this fixture after a draw with leaders Arsenal, who picked up a point against Chelsea on Friday.

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Man United's Marc Skinner hopes to get first win over their neighbors in the tournament

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Man United’s Marc Skinner hopes to get first win over their neighbors in the tournamentCredit: Getty

A win would see Marc Skinner’s men cut the Gunners’ lead gap to just three points at the top with eight games remaining in the race for the title and top three.

Skinner, 38, who won January’s WSL Manager of the Month award, said: “I’m challenging our team that we have to give our best in the rest of the games in this season.

“And if we do that, we’ll be back without regretting anything.”

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