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Match report: Manchester United Women 5-0 Birmingham City Women – Man United News And Transfer News



Manchester United Women got 2022 off to a flying start as they beat Birmingham City 5-0 at home.

United looked good after the winter break and began on the front foot, playing fast paced, attacking football and winning two corners in the opening minute.

Boe Risa found herself through one on one with Emily Ramsey but the keeper made a brilliant save. Toone’s follow up was headed off the line.

United made the breakthrough in the 14th minute, Galton cut inside the box passed it back to Zelem who chipped it over Ramsey.

Less than five minutes later Galton, with one assist under her belt already, got her name on the score sheet as she went sliding into the box to dink a Russo cross into the goal.

United couldn’t stop, just another two minutes went by before Galton once again found the net, this time it was Toone crossing the ball into the middle for her to tap in.

The red wave was relentless!

United kept up the intensity bursting into the box at every possible moment and Batlle had a good chance that went over the bar.

Just before the break Ella Toone smashed a shot from outside the box which rattled the cross bar but it hit Emily Ramsey in the back and dribbled in. Toone claimed it but it will probably go down as an own goal.

The pressure was off for United in the second half but they still attacked the goal.

Galton, hungry for a hat trick, had a shot from just inside the box but it was a comfortable take for Ramsey.

Birmingham were eager to get something out of the game even if it was just a consolation goal and they had a good effort which hit the bar in the 61st minute.

However, it was United who got the first goal of the half when substitute Hannah Blundell put a lovely ball in to the six yard area and Russo headed it home.

It was a dominant display from the Reds, who move level on points with second place Chelsea.

Team: Earps, Mannion, Toone, Zelem, Boe Risa, Russo (Groenen 77), Smith (Blundell 62) Turner, Galton (Fuso 81), Batlle (Thorisdottir 81) Ladd (Thomas 62)

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Match report: Manchester United Women 2-2 Leicester City Women – Man United News And Transfer News




Marc Skinner’s United missed a golden opportunity to top their Conti Cup group as Leicester won on penalties at Leigh Sports Village.

Former Reds Jess Sigsworth and Abbie McManus were in the starting 11 for the Foxes with the latter captaining the side.

United showed promise as they played good attacking football but they struggled to hold their line.

In the sixth minute the ball was kicked out as fans and players held a minute’s applause in memory of Arthur Libinjo-Hughes.

Batlle had a good chance in the opening twenty minutes, she found space on the edge of the box and took the shot but it flew over the bar.

The best chance of the half however came for Lucy Staniforth, a lovely ball played across the box found its way to her, she was given plenty of space by the Leicester defence and she connected with it first time but it went wide.

United would come to rue their missed chances as against the run of play it was Leicester who made the breakthrough. Howard rose highest from a corner and headed it into the back of the net.

There was little urgency amongst the United players but it looked like they would go in at the half a goal down.

Another promising chance came from Leah Galton who took a right footed shot on the edge of the box but couldn’t find the goal as it flew just over the crossbar.

The second half got under way and United started off well. Just three minutes after the restart Russo found the back of the net as Galton picked her out with a beautiful pass across the box.

The referee’s decision-makinb was questionable as the first three yellow cards she fished out were for players taking a shot after the flag had gone up. There were numerous fouls that went unpunished.

Leicester had the odd chance, United’s defence seemed to just disappear and Flint was through on goal but took a heavy touch and Baggaley came out to claim it.

It was Leicester who took the lead again, Baggaley hesitated in claiming the ball and it was slotted through her legs.

Less than a minute later captain Katie Zelem powered in an equaliser for the Reds. It would be a nervy ten minutes as it looked like it was heading to penalties.

The full time whistle blew.

It was Jess Sigsworth who stepped up first for the Foxes, she converted. Toone took United’s first and slotted home.

Flint also found the back of the net for Leicester. Mannion made it 2-2 for United!

Former Red, McManus put the Foxes in front but low and down the middle, Russo scored.

Leicester missed their fourth whilst Zelem’s was saved well by the Leicester keeper.

Leicester scored their next but Boe Risa’s was well saved. Leicester took the bonus point and United missed their chance to top the group.

Team: Baggaley, Turner (Ladd), Mannion, Blundell, Batlle, Toone, Zelem, Galton (Fuso 88), Staniforth (Hanson 78), Russo, Boe Risa

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Manchester United players involved in record breaking night for England – Man United News And Transfer News




After last month’s 10-0 victory over Latvia, the England Lionesses were confident they could maintain their unbeaten record in their World Cup qualifiers as they faced them again on home turf.

What England managed to achieve far exceeded expectation though as they doubled the scoreline of their last meeting with the European side, making it the Lionesses’ biggest ever victory.

It was Arsenal’s Beth Mead that opened the scoring and she went on to claim her hat trick in the 23rd minute.

It wasn’t just the result and the team performance that made history though, with Ellen White becoming the Lionesses’ highest ever goalscorer with her second of the night as she also went on to claim a hat trick.

White surpassed Kelly’s Smith previous record of 46 and her hat-trick means she now has 48 goals in 101 appearances for England.

Lauren Hemp also made history as she scored her first goal for her country… and her second, and third and FOURTH! Yes, another hat trick amongst the England squad.

United were well represented on this historic night too and had their part to play as skipper Katie Zelem made her debut.

Meanwhile, between the sticks Mary Earps kept her sixth straight clean sheet whilst Ella Toone scored her sixth goal for her country as she netted a rocket of a goal from just outside the box.

However, it was 22 year old Alessia Russo who best represented the Reds as she came on off the bench to claim a hat trick of her own.

From the moment she entered the fray, she caused Latvia problems and she rose above the rest to head home all three.

Another super-sub, Jess Carter, also came off the bench to claim her first goal for her country.

This latest victory sees England sitting top of their group with six wins out six and they have scored 53 goals without reply.

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