News : Women’s Super League: Manchester United’s female soccer players win first game at Old Trafford
Successful premiere: The Manchester United footballers played a home game at Old Trafford for the first time – and were immediately victorious. Against the bottom of the table West Ham United, the “Red Devils” won 2-0 (0-0).
The team normally play their home games at Leigh Sports Village, but moved to Old Trafford during the men’s international break. This has never happened before.
The first woman to score for United at Old Trafford was Lauren James. The 19-year-old hit a head after a corner kick from Maria Thorisdottir from close range (49th minute). The US world champion Christen Press increased after being served with a through pass by Jackie Groenen (55th).
This means that ManUnited remains on the Champions League course and shortens the gap to four points to second-placed Manchester City, who will still receive Reading FC on Saturday afternoon.
Even before the historic game, Uniteds coach Casey Stoney said that the game would “of course be a special moment in the history of this team.” England international Marcus Rashford showed his support for his teammates on Twitter: “There is no better feeling than playing in OT. Enjoy it, we’ll keep our fingers crossed for you. “
Nevertheless, coach Stoney was dissatisfied after the game, as the game was only broadcast on the league’s streaming platform. A million dollar deal with the big broadcasters BBC and Sky, with which the league hopes to attract more attention, will not come into force until the new season.
The English record champions only founded a women’s professional team in 2018; she rose directly in the first year from the second to the first division. United has since been in competition with city rivals City and Arsenal.
The last time the stadium hosted a women’s football match was during the London 2012 Olympics. By the summer of 2022 at the latest, Old Trafford will again play an important role in women’s football. The opening game of the European Championship in England will take place there on July 6th.