Steph Houghton says the last five minutes against United made win even sweeter

Manchester United v Manchester City - Barclays Womens Super League
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Manchester City have officially booked their spot in the quarter-finals of this year's Conti Cup after defeating rivals Manchester United for a second time this season.

With two second-half goals being scored by Chloe Kelly and then Lauren Hemp, City were 2-0 up going into the last few minutes of the game; they weren't able to keep a clean sheet as Nikita Parris did get United a consolation goal.

Manchester City are the confirmed winners of the group, with United in second, who most likely will continue in the competition as one of the best second-placed teams, with Leicester just slightly missing out on the second spot.

City's next opponent in their journey to potentially claiming the League trophy will be announced on Friday, the 26th of January, at 18:30 (UK), when the draw for the quarter-finals is all mapped out.

Steph Houghton on the big victory

Steph Houghton spoke with the Manchester City Official website after the 2-1 win.

"It was just important to win. When you get to these Cup stages, and especially against United, it's always nice to make sure that Manchester stays blue."

"We wanted to make sure we won, and we did that. The games are getting harder, which is a credit to both teams. We did make it hard for ourselves in the last five minutes, but that probably makes it a bit sweeter, to be honest."

"The girls have been amazing since Christmas, and even before then, we're really on a roll now, and hopefully, we can do it again on Sunday (against Spurs)."

Both the Women's and Men's team will be playing Tottenham this weekend, with the men playing against Spurs on Friday in the FA Cup and then two days later, the Women facing them on Sunday afternoon in the WSL.

Quite a weekend Manchester City have upcoming for them, one City fans will surely not want to miss out on.


Predictions ahead of both games

Tottenham 2-3 Manchester City - Men's (Friday, 26th at 20:00 UK)

Tottenham 1- 4 Manchester City - Women's (Sunday, 28th at 14:00 UK)