Manchester United 4-0 Reading: Maya Le Tissier scores twice on debut


Top scorer Maya Le Tissier scored twice in 21 minutes in the first half

Defender Maya Le Tissier scored twice on her debut as Manchester United comfortably beat Reading in their Women’s Super League opener.

Le Tissier, 20, joined from Brighton this summer and impressed in the centre-back role with two goals from corners.

United captain Katie Zelem, making her 100th appearance, assisted both of those goals and scored one of her own.

The hosts led 4-0 at half-time as Euro 2022 winner Alessia Russo headed home another in front of a record crowd.

It’s been a perfect start to the campaign for Marc Skinner’s side, who are looking for a European qualification spot this season.

Skinner also gave Spain striker Lucia Garcia a debut in the starting line-up, while former West Ham striker Adriana Leon and England winger Nikita Parris came off the bench as 5,315 watched on at Leigh Sports Village.

United dominated throughout as Reading struggled to cope with the creativity of the hosts’ attacking players.

England star Ella Toone looked sharp, especially in the first half, as she brought down team-mate Russo before a penalty was conceded, which Zelem calmly put away.

Le Tissier’s goals – a looping volley and a header – followed Zelem’s shot and sealed victory with less than half an hour played.

Reading’s afternoon took a turn for the worse when Canadian striker Deanne Rose was forced off with an injury and, despite Lauren Wade going close in the first half, they rarely tested United goalkeeper Mary Earps.

Kelly Chambers’ side are on the road again next match against Brighton, who lost opening game 4-0 ArsenalWhile United travel to West Ham next weekend.

Alessia Russo scored
Alessia Russo scored four goals and assisted one for England at Euro 2022

Le Tissier delivers as England’s heroes return

There were a number of new signings in United’s squad, including Euro 2022 winner Parris and Canadian striker Leon.

But perhaps Le Tissier was the most excited to see a lot. The Guernsey-born young England international impressed at Brighton and was wanted by champions Chelsea in the transfer market.

United signed him to strengthen their backline, but in this game he offered an attacking threat.

Zelem’s performances, such a weapon for United last season, were once again excellent and Le Tissier will have plenty of chances with that service throughout the campaign.

Zelem had a memorable 100th game for United as fans were treated to what many paid to see: a goal from Euro 2022 star Russo.

Fans queued outside the stadium entrance for at least two hours to welcome the players, with England midfielder Toone receiving a particularly warm welcome.

Toone and Russo were a threat and both missed chances to extend United’s lead, but their contribution this season will undoubtedly play a key role in their quest for Champions League football.

There was little to cheer for the Reading fans, although Scotland defender Emma Mukandi – formerly ‘Mitchell’ – returned from maternity leave to captain the side for the first time.

The eleven

Man Utd Women

training 4-2-3-1

  • 27Ears
  • 2Mayor
  • 15Tissier
  • 21Turner
  • 6Blundell
  • 10I want
  • 12Laddreplaced byMoorein 72′minutes
  • 17Gartziareplaced byLeoin 64′minutes
  • 7the tonereplaced byBoe Risain 71′minutes
  • 11galtonreplaced byParisin 77′minutes
  • 23Russiareplaced byThomasin 71′minutes

replacements

  • 3Thorisdóttir
  • 4Moore
  • 8Boe Risa
  • 9Thomas
  • 19Leo
  • 20Tounkara
  • 22Paris
  • 32Baggaley
  • 37Staniforth

Women reading

training 3-4-3

  • 1Moloney
  • 14Cooper
  • 3Another one
  • 5Evans
  • 9Oakland
  • 51Troelsgaardreplaced byFirstin 59′minutes
  • 23rowing
  • 28WoodhamBooked in 65 minutes
  • 6rosereplaced bywill doin 25′minutes
  • 7Wellings
  • 11Wadereplaced byPerryin 90′minutes

replacements

  • 10will do
  • 17Caldwell
  • 25Burns
  • 33Belardi-Tuson
  • 34Perry
  • 37First

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