WSL: Man United thrash West Ham with five different goal-scorers

Manchester United players celebrate during a match
Manchester United players celebrate during the Barclays Women's Super League match vs West Ham United (Photo by Jess Hornby/Getty Images)

In the first Women’s Super League game of the weekend, Manchester United ran out 5-0 winners over West Ham at Leigh Sports Village.

Five different goal-scorers got their name on the scoresheet as the Reds picked up their third win of the 2023/24 season.

The two sides last met in March, with United pulling off a comfortable 4-0 win at home. Despite bowing out of the Champions League, Marc Skinner’s side remains unbeaten in the domestic campaign.

Starting XIs

Manchester United

Earps; Le Tissier, Blundell, Toone, Zelem, Galton, Riviere, Hinata, Turner, Parris, Geyse

West Ham

Arnold; Smith, Shimizu, Stringer, Tysiak, Evans, Ueki, Denton, Hayashi, Asseyi, Cissoko

How it went

No sooner had the opening whistle gone than the hosts found the opener to break the deadlock. Geyse’s third minute goal saw the Brazilian head home Hanita Miyazawa’s deflected effort. With United comfortably in control, West Ham struggled to gain any meaningful spells of possession.

Two goals in four minutes gave the Reds an assured 3-0 lead going into the break. Millie Turner orchestrated a beautiful solo run, culminating in the defender unleashing a spectacular strike from within the area. A minute into injury time, Nikita Parris rounded off the goal-scoring action for the opening half — slotting the ball home from a tight angle.

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An initially quiet second half saw West Ham grow increasingly into the tie. United conceded more of the ball as the Irons forced their opponents back on several occasions. However, two late goals for the Reds saw their lead extend to five, despite the opposition’s efforts.

Lucía García’s 88th-minute effort saw the Spanish international curl the ball beyond Mackenzie Arnold to bag her second league goal of the campaign. Melvine Malard rounded off the scoring in the 90th minute, turning the ball home following a series of failed clearances.

Up next

Manchester United will host rivals Manchester City in the first derby of the season on Sunday, November 19th. The blockbuster clash will take place at Old Trafford as the two sides compete for local bragging rights.

That same day, West Ham will welcome Aston Villa to the Chigwell Construction Stadium as they look to get their season back on track.

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