Alessia Russo scored a brace to help Manchester United Women produce one of the comfortable football scores of the weekend in the WSL. It was their first match in front of their fans at Old Trafford. They move three points clear of their neighbors Manchester City for the third and final Champions League spot. Claire Emslie gave the visitors a surprise lead in the fourth minute before Russo equalized in the 35th minute. Katie Zelem put the hosts ahead with a penalty in the 54th minute before Russo sealed the three points in the 84th minute.
Man United boss Marc Skinner: “We didn’t get to the speed of the game quickly enough but we’re human. To say we felt the emotions in the first part would be fair. Almost the best thing Everton did was to score because it kind of kick-started us. I don’t want rubbish cliches but I think women’s football won today. I think it shows the magnitude and impacts this club can have in growing the game. That for me is a wonderful thing.”
“I tried to speak to Zel afterward but, for her to score a penalty in the Stretford End, and then for Alessia to score as well when she’s probably got a million dreams of that happening, what a wonderful way to seal a dream. But what we’ve got to make sure is we capture this moment but we have to use it as a projection point to continue the growth so that this is not a one-off. Our club is going to be a key part in helping develop and push women’s football forwards. I hope they come to support us at Leigh as well and I think that’s important. But to have them here, to play in front of them – it wasn’t a full, complete performance of course.”
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