Manchester United were ruthless as they collected their second Women’s Super League win of the season
Manchester United are “back to what we do best” said manager Marc Skinner after they thrashed Everton in the Women’s Super League
United were knocked out of the Champions League by Paris St-Germain in midweek but they returned to winning ways and maintained their unbeaten league start with Sunday’s win.
The win was also their first in the league since the opening day of the season after they were held to back-to-back draws.
Skinner told BBC Radio 5 Live: “To come out and put a performance in like that, I would echo the word professional, but we were also devastating at times.
“We’ve had a lot of football in the last 22 days, but I think we could have scored more.
“That was back to a Manchester United performance, back to what we do best.”
Summer signing Melvine Malard set the Reds on course for victory early on as she nodded past Courtney Brosnan to collect her second league goal of the season.
The hosts’ chances were limited, although Nicoline Sorensen came close when she blasted over the bar in the first half and Hanna Bennison had an effort from range tipped over the crossbar.
United were the livelier of the two sides going forwards and Brosnan was forced into a clever save to stop a glancing Nikita Parris effort shortly before the break.
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But Parris managed to get the better of the Everton goalkeeper in the second half as Brosnan was unable to palm away the United forward’s powerful close-range header.
Rachel Williams put the game to bed as she extended her side’s advantage after coming on as a substitute, bundling past Brosnan on the goal-line despite an initial save.
Williams wasn’t done, however, and headed home a Jayde Riviere cross to score her side’s fourth, securing her double after just 12 minutes on the pitch.
Parris then chipped the goalkeeper to add a late fifth in injury time.
The result leaves United sitting in third with eight points, while Everton are 10th with just three points.
Red Devils ruthless despite attacking absences
Any concerns that Manchester United may have lacked firepower in the absence of Brazilian playmaker Geyse and winger Leah Galton through sickness were quickly laid to rest on Sunday.
They responded to their midweek Champions League exit by showing early attacking intent and grabbed the lead after just 14 minutes.
“It was nice to score first and get the clean sheet,” said Skinner. “This season we have been chasing every game.
“Last year we were frightening, we would score early and the game would be done, and the lull would come in the second half.”
Malard and Parris both stepped up to the task of ensuring United continued to pose an attacking threat, each carving out chances and getting on the scoresheet.
Another promising attacking display from the bench by Williams, who has scored three times so far this term, should further enthuse Skinner when he considers the depth of his side’s talent.
Spanish forward Lucia Garcia, who was benched on Wednesday, was equally impressive with her darting runs proving to be a handful for the Everton defence.
“I asked the players before the game to be more ruthless in both boxes,” added Skinner.
“We have good build-up but if you then get to the final third and don’t take the chance, what’s the point? If they have a chance and we don’t get the block in, what’s the point?
“The girls were magnificent in both areas today.”
While Everton’s chances were numbered, the work of Riviere to keep Clare Wheeler at bay on the right-hand side was crucial when it came to stopping the hosts finding a path back into the game.
Mary Earps had just four shots on target to deal with as Skinner’s side recorded their first clean sheet of the campaign.
- Match Stats
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- 5BjörnBooked at 63mins
- 8VanhaevermaetSubstituted forHolmgaardat 66’minutes
- 22GalliSubstituted forOlesenat 52’minutes
- 10BennisonSubstituted forBissellat 66’minutes
- 14SørensenSubstituted forPiemonteat 79’minutes
- 25SnoeijsSubstituted forDugganat 79’minutes
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- 14RiviereBooked at 82mins
- 4Le Tissier
- 6BlundellSubstituted forEvansat 74’minutes
- 7TooneSubstituted forGuerreroat 83’minutes
- 9MalardSubstituted forWilliamsat 73’minutes
- 22ParrisSubstituted forNaalsundat 90+4’minutes
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Match ends, Everton Women 0, Manchester United Women 5.
Second Half ends, Everton Women 0, Manchester United Women 5.
Corner, Everton Women. Conceded by Gemma Evans.
Substitution, Manchester United Women. Lisa Naalsund replaces Nikita Parris because of an injury.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match because of an injury Nikita Parris (Manchester United Women).
Goal! Everton Women 0, Manchester United Women 5. Nikita Parris (Manchester United Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Irene Guerrero.
Attempt missed. Hinata Miyazawa (Manchester United Women) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left.
Attempt saved. Hinata Miyazawa (Manchester United Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jayde Riviere.
Offside, Manchester United Women. Hinata Miyazawa tries a through ball, but Lucía García is caught offside.
Corner, Manchester United Women. Conceded by Megan Finnigan.
Attempt blocked. Nikita Parris (Manchester United Women) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Irene Guerrero.
Attempt saved. Lucía García (Manchester United Women) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Irene Guerrero.
Foul by Emma Bissell (Everton Women).
Jayde Riviere (Manchester United Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Goal! Everton Women 0, Manchester United Women 4. Rachel Williams (Manchester United Women) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jayde Riviere.
Foul by Nathalie Björn (Everton Women).
Rachel Williams (Manchester United Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Manchester United Women. Irene Guerrero replaces Ella Toone.
Jayde Riviere (Manchester United Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
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