Manchester United Women vs Arsenal Women
7:30pm Monday 16th September
Leigh Sports Village
Danielle van de Donk winner gave Arsenal a 1-0 victory over Manchester United.
United had appeared to continue for their first stage since being marketed to this Barclays FA Women’s Super League but the breakthrough was found by the champions.
Former Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra and England boss Phil Neville were among the crowd at Leigh Sports Village.
Since recovering from the cruciate ligament injury that ruled her out of this World 25, england star Jordan Nobbs created her first start.
United had a golden opportunity to open the scoring in the 15th minute when Jessica Sigsworth’s cross picked out Ella Toone six yards from goal but she couldn’t direct her header on target.
Arsenal took their time getting going, and celebrity striker Vivianne Miedema was quiet, but she ventured to life at the 37th minute.
United goalkeeper Mary Earps was equal to this challenge, though, then rescuing Miedema’s follow-up attempt with her feet and maintaining the header of the Dutchwoman.
Arsenal began the second half as they ended the first but, when United did break the shackles, they created one of the greatest chances of the game.
Jane Ross was one-on-one with Manuela Zinsberger however, the’keeper saved.
Three minutes Earps made another excellent save to deny Kim Little and it was Arsenal who piled the pressure as the clock wound up.
When Hayley Ladd fired broad united had one last opportunity but chiefly, and the traffic Miedema, laid siege to Earps’ target.
Miedema led wide volleyed over, hit a pole and watched the line cleared off before replacement Van de Donk implemented the final touch as the ball.