Manchester United 1-3 Chelsea: United suffered their first defeat of the season

James has scored three goals this WSL season

Chelsea scored twice in four minutes to end Manchester United’s perfect start to the Women’s Super League season at Leigh Sports Village.

United won five games in a row without conceding a single goal.

But a treacherous passage of play allowed Sophie Ingle to pick out Sam Kerr, her shot into the bottom corner past goalkeeper Mary Earps.

United opened up again when a long ball got in behind the defense and found Kerr in space on the edge of the box and Lauren James calmly converted her simple pass.

United hit back through Alessia Russo’s neat strike, but Erin Cuthbert sealed the deal for Chelsea in stoppage time.

Chelsea are level on points with Arsenal at the top of the WSL, while United drop to third.

Chelsea show experience and class

Runners-up Chelsea, claiming their fourth WSL title in a row, went into this match on a five-match winning streak and were looking to finish in the top three against a United side that showed their experience.

Although they didn’t create many clear-cut chances in the first half, they were more comfortable on the ball and looked happy that United are continuing to push back.

The Blues had a penalty shout when Maya Le Tissier caught Guro Reiten in the box, but it looked like a slip and, perhaps coupled with Reiten’s lack of appeal, the referee didn’t see enough to award a spot-kick. .

Chelsea went close when Niamh Charles headed in what looked to be an early cross, but Earps had to be alert as her fingertip shot went wide and Cuthbert’s searching cross found its way to Kerr, who volleyed past Pernille Harder in the box. , his head. just wide

Cuthbert, who had been relatively quiet, seized the opportunity when it came on and his deflected shot produced a professional performance where the Blues could probably have scored more.

Defending champions Chelsea remain without a manager as Emma Hayes continues to recover from a hysterectomy, but she showed her class to put in a professional performance.

More to follow.

The eleven

Man Utd Women

training 4-2-3-1

  • 27Ears
  • 6Blundellreplaced byStaniforthin 64′minutes
  • 15Tissier
  • 21Turner
  • 3Thorisdóttir
  • 12Laddreplaced byLeoin 87′minutes
  • 10I wantBooked in 90 minutes
  • 22Parisreplaced byThomasin 78′minutes
  • 7the tone
  • 11galton
  • 23Russiareplaced byWilliamsin 79′minutes


  • 4Moore
  • 8Boe Risa
  • 9Thomas
  • 19Leo
  • 20Tounkara
  • 26Clinton
  • 28Williams
  • 32Baggaley
  • 37Staniforth

Chelsea Women

training 3-4-3

  • 30Berger
  • 26Buchanan
  • 4bright
  • 16Eriksson
  • 21Charles
  • 22Cuthbert
  • 5English
  • 11routereplaced byKaneryd on horsebackin 83′minutes
  • 10Jamesreplaced byCarterin 90+1′minutes
  • 20Kerr
  • 23more difficult


  • 1Musovic
  • 3new
  • 7Carter
  • 9England
  • 15He would die
  • 17Fleming
  • 19Kaneryd on horseback
  • 27Abdullina
  • 32on the wall

Cheryl Foster


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