Casey Stoney’s Manchester United women have started their first season in the Women’s Super League with two narrow defeats. They opened their campaign with a 1-0 loss to Manchester City in front of a WSL-record crowd at the Etihad Stadium, and were beaten by the same scoreline at home to Arsenal just over a week later.
With Arsenal and City winners and runners-up of last season’s WSL respectively, there’s certainly no shame in these results. The Gunners, notoriously prolific in attack, took until the 89th minute to finally find a breakthrough and nab all three points. Meanwhile, six new signings made their debuts in the game against City, and Stoney will surely be pleased that they’re already beginning to gel. Speaking in the aftermath of the defeat to Arsenal, the United boss said:
“We could have come away with two points from the top two teams and that would have been a positive. We haven’t, we’ve got zero but loads to build on and I genuinely couldn’t be any prouder of them and those fine margins will start to turn once we get a goal and get a bit more confidence and the tide will change.”
Meanwhile, United captain Katie Zelem called on her teammates to be more clinical in front of goal:
“It’s about taking our chances now. In the City game and this game if we can go in 1-0 up at half time and take them chances then it’s two different games. It’s fine margins at this level and when you’re playing against the teams at the top that’s what really counts.”
United return to action at home to Liverpool a week on Saturday, 28 September. There’d be no better team against whom to claim our first ever WSL points.