In one of the blockbuster events of the season, Manchester United welcomed local rivals Manchester City to Old Trafford. However, it was the blue side of the city that came away with the bragging rights after a 3-1 win.
The match marked the first time the Theatre of Dreams has hosted the Manchester Derby, with more than 45,000 tickets sold. The official attendance of 43,615 marks a new record for Manchester United Women.
Earps; Le Tissier, Blundell, Toone, Malard, Zelem (c), Galton, Naalsund, Turner, Parris, Geyse
Keating; Aleixandri, Greenwood (c), Kelly, Hemp, Angeldahl, Ouahabi, Roord, Shaw, Hasegawa, Kennedy
How it went
Man City enjoyed the stronger opening ten minutes, with the Reds having failed to register a single shot. A promising break from Melvine Malard almost saw United take the lead in the 16th minute, however, Alex Greenwood quickly cut out the No.9’s effort.
Just minutes later, a handball from the City captain resulted in United winning a penalty. Reds skipper Katie Zelem stepped up to the spot, slotting the ball under Khiara Keating to give the hosts the lead. Geyse then seemed to have doubled the lead, however the ball appeared to have gone out of play in the build-up.
A leveller from Man City’s Jill Roord saw the Dutch international slot the ball through a crowd of red shirts to restore the deadlock. Barely a minute later, Lauren Hemp put the visitors ahead as she fired the ball beyond Mary Earps. The two goals saw the visitors go ahead at the break following a nail-biting opening 45 minutes.Embed from Getty Images
A defensive mix-up from the hosts saw Bunny Shaw’s effort rebound off Earps to give the visitors a comfortable two-goal lead. A second yellow for Laia Aleixandri reduced the Blues to ten players in the 72nd minute.
Several good chances for the hosts followed the dismissal as they were forced back into their own half.
Despite several late scares, Man City held on to take all three points from the clash. The win moves Gareth Taylor’s side third in the table, with just six points separating them from the top spot.
Man United finish the weekend in fourth, just a single point behind their local rivals.