Match Report: Manchester United 5-1 Leicester

Photo: @ManUtdWomen

Manchester United continue to stay at the top of the table for the Women’s Super League with 35 points, after a victorious 5-1 win over Leicester. 

It only took 15 minutes for the Red Devils to score their first goal coming from Russo. Who then doubled the lead with an amazing header, leaving the Reds with a two goal lead after the first half.

In the second half Leicester came out stronger and with Remy Siemsen scoring a goal on her debut, just three minutes after the restart.

But this didn’t stop Manchester United from striking again. Russo scored again in the 53rd minute. Making it her third goal and her first hat trick in the WSL.

Leah Galton made it 4-1 from an assist provided by Alessia Russo. Followed by Lucia Garcia, in the closing minutes, curling the ball into the back of the net making it 5-1 and the Reds sealing 3 more points. 

Russo said “Yeah, they were tap ins but a goal is a goal and I’ll take it. Great service today and that’s my job to try and be in the right places as much as possible. But I thought we built the chances really well and where your getting crosses like that, you’ve got to put it in the back of the net…”

It goes without saying what an incredible player Alessia Russo is and we heard Marc Skinner say exactly that. 

He spoke about Russo saying “Now the window has died down, we can get back to focus. She is an unbelievable talent and a big part of what we are trying to build here.”

Followed by “She’s a massive part of this club and I believe she can do that more often, It’s just now about getting her into that zone where she continues to do it.”

Manchester United will now face Chelsea in their next game at Kingsmeadow with a kick-off at 3 pm. This will be a tough game with Chelsea currently third in the table with 31 points. Skinner said, “All we can do is keep performing and focus on each game Chelsea, Arsenal and City are all excellent teams and there will be lots of twists and turns yet.” 

“It’ll be a tough ask so we’ve got to give everything.”

Manchester United: Earps, Batlle, Le Tissier, Turner, Blundell, Zelem, Ladd (Cascarino 71), Thomas (Parris, 66), Toone (Boe Risa 71),  Galton (Garcia 79), Russo (Williams 79).
Subs: Baggaley, Mannion, Naalsund, Leon.

Goals: Russo 15, 36, 53, Galton 64, Garcia 84.

Leicester: Leitzig, Reavill, Howard, Plumptre, Nevin, Tierney (Pike 77), Mace, Green (Robinson 77), Whelan, Cain, Siemsen (Goodwin 55).
Subs: Purfield, Levell, Baker, Smith.

Goal: Siemsen 48. 

Photo: @ManUtdWomen

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