Man Utd women’s team maintained the WSL title as they easily won 3-0 against Tottenham Women’s team, who are still in danger of relegation.
Marc Skinner’s side looked largely comfortable during the opening six-point lead ahead of rival games at the end of the day, and it was the perfect warm-up to their first major domestic final. them against Chelsea in the FA Cup next weekend.
Leah Galton took advantage of the mistake of former Man Utd defender Amy Turner to score the opening goal for the home team (32). Three minutes later, Alessia Russo (35) doubled the lead with a beautiful volley, Galton and Russo now have 10 goals for the season.
Nikita Parris completed the win just after the break (53) to take the lead over rivals Manchester City, although City and Chelsea both played later on Sunday.
Tottenham were not without chances – Bethany England came close twice – but a number of defensive flaws saw them beaten at Leigh Sports Village. They are just 3 points ahead of Reading, who are in relegation, and face them on May 20 in the penultimate game of the season.
Man Utd’s gentle way to victory
Manchester United dominated from the start, with Tottenham goalkeeper Tinja-Rikka Korpela having to make a series of saves. However, the best early opportunity went to Spurs’ England team. After a sublime one-touch play by his teammates, the Euro 2022 champion dashed into the penalty area, easily overtaking the oncoming Mary Earps, but her shot was brilliantly saved by Maya Le Tissier. .
Man Utd continued to push Tottenham deeper and finally created an equalizer after only half an hour of play. A poor pass from Turner into space saw a Galton lurking before slamming into the far corner with a beautiful finish.
Russo’s second came quickly – goals came from one of Korpela’s two excellent saves from a Vilde Boe Risa long-range strike. The corner was taken again in the penalty area, with the Man Utd forward connecting to unleash a thunderous volley into the net.
Team news headlines
- After the victory over Aston Villa, Millie Turner entered the typical team to replace Aoife Mannion. Captain Katie Zelem is suspended with Vilde Boe Risa replacing her in two Man Utd changes.
- Tottenham make four substitutions. Tinja-Riikka Korpela, Kit Graham, Shelina Zadorsky and Jess Naz join the team, replacing Becky Spencer, Ashleigh Neville, Eveliina Summanen and Rosella Ayane, who all started from the bench.
But Tottenham provided a timely reminder of how quickly the game can change when they hit the crossbar late in the first half. Jess Naz broke through on the left, but her cross into the area was caught by Celin Bizet over the crossbar.
Just eight minutes into the break, Man Utd added a third goal after another defensive combination from Spurs. Kerys Harrop and Shelina Zadorsky try to save Galton’s cross from the left, as Parris hides to touch the ball before finishing from close range.
While Korpela did not have to make saves as often as in the first half, Man Utd continued to shoot shots that hit the opponent’s goal. In fact, it was her opposite number Earps that made a great double to keep a clean sheet.
He made a cross from the right, but Mana Iwabuchi’s shot was blocked by Man Utd’s No. Rosella Ayane tries to hit the bounce, but Earps is there to deny Spurs. England closed in soon after, glancing wide from a corner.
But Man Utd have seen the game run in relative comfort, scoring and keeping clean sheets, which could be important on May 27.
Manchester United the next match in the FA Cup match taking place on Sunday at Wembley Stadium is sold out, taking in the holders Chelsea; starts at 2:30 pm. tottenham play their penultimate WSL match against Read May 20; starts at 4:15 pm.