Maya Le Tissier: ‘Man Utd debut could turn into stardom’

Manchester United manager Marc Skinner said summer signing Maya Le Tissier could become “a real star in the future” after her impressive debut.

Le Tissier, 20, joined from Brighton where he was a standout performer, finishing his United debut with two goals. They beat Reading 4-0.

The England youth international is one of the most promising youngsters in the Women’s Super League.

“It’s going to be a key part of what we do going forward,” Skinner said.

“The best thing about Maya is that she takes everything in her stride. To play in front of her father [Darren]All these fans, to score two goals and play as he did, is a dream debut for him.

Maya Le Tissier was born in Guernsey and has represented England at junior age groups

“But he’s a real person and he’s not going to let it get to his head. He’s going straight back to work. I was so impressed with him.

“My job is to remain normal, but in the future he can be a real star, no doubt.”

Le Tissier lined up at centre-back for the start of the season alongside Millie Turner, joining after returning eight months away with a problem in the carotid artery.

The signing of the summer impressed not only in front of goal, in the mistakes – he made a glancing volley and a header – but also with the long pass from behind.

“Today he was mature and aggressive in many moments when he needed to be. We will not only get his goals, but strong performances from the back and progression with the ball,” Skinner added.

“He’s got the ability to play forward and he can hit the ball really well. His passing area is great. His maturity and concentration and all those things – he’s got a lot of tools.

“Getting two goals… You don’t expect that. Both shots were very good and classy.”

“Zelem can be a legend in this club”

Katie Zelem
Katie Zelem and her family are Manchester United fans

Manchester United led 4-0 at half-time at Reading, with captain Katie Zelem scoring three goals in 25 minutes.

He set up Le Tissier’s double from corners and scored his own goal from the penalty spot after English striker Alessia Russo fell in the box.

Zelem was presented before kick-off to celebrate his 100th appearance for the club and was hailed by his manager as an “unsung hero”.

“I never get it. When I look at Katie Zelem, what people probably don’t see is the way she can bond and bond other players together,” Skinner said.

“I’m proud to have him as my captain. He’s a real leader and I’ve met a lot of inspirational footballers in my time, but he’s there for me.

“He gives everything for this club. It’s a nice story to get his goal, assists and 100th cap. I saw his dad take the shirt at the end.

“You can see how much it means [her family] Manchester United fans too. Katie can be a legend at this club.”

“We have to be the spark for our fans”

Ella Toone
England midfielder Ella Toone waved to supporters before entering the stadium

It was a perfect start to the campaign for Manchester United as they hosted a record 5,315 crowd at Leigh Sports Village.

Fans queued outside the stadium entrance for at least two hours before kick-off, with many anticipating the return of England’s Euro 2022 winners.

Midfielder Ella Toone, forward Russo and goalkeeper Mary Earps were in the starting line-up, while new signing Nikita Parris came off the bench to make her debut.

“Those players fill almost different roles when they come back here. They’re part of what we do, too,” Skinner said.

“I heard and saw them today. We have a five-minute meeting before we go out as a group. They had so much energy and buzz. I heard and felt it for a minute.

“When I walked out of the tunnel with the fans there it was a special moment. It has to energize the players and we have to have the spark from our fans to keep coming back.”