Manchester United Women have introduced themselves to the English Women’s Championship in style with a 12-0 victory against Aston Villa Ladies. In what was a comfortable victory for the ladies, the likes of Jess Sigsworth, Katie Zelem, Ella Toone and Kelly Hanson all impressed for Casey Stoney’s side. Sheffield United Women are the next challenge for Utd on Thursday 20th September at Leigh Sports Village.
Morning Damon. All is well this week. A 12-0 victory against Aston Villa ladies. That will do won’t it?!
Hi Jimmy. What can I say? What a way to introduce yourselves to the league! Most people will tell you, with the resources United have and the squad being a full-time group, they are the favourites for the league despite being newly established; so a win on the opening day of the Championship wasn’t a surprise. Having said that, I bet not many people would have predicted 12-0! Villa are not the weakest side in the division either so I am expecting a few goal fests this season.
You called it last week with Lauren James when you stated she will have a good season. Once again, she has shown her quality hasn’t she?
Indeed. As you rightly say, I did tip her for being the one to watch this season given her age and her performance in the Cup against Liverpool. Yet again, she delivered with the opening two goals on Sunday. She has an old head on her young shoulders and I’m confident she can go right to the top in her career.
What about Jess Sigsworth? An emphatic performance from her. How important will she be to any success the ladies have this campaign?
Jess will be key. She’s our No.9 and the one the squad and staff will look to for the majority of the goals. She certainly proved that she is up to the job against Aston Villa with her 5 goals. Moreover, Jess netted 15 in the second tier last season which won her the golden boot and title with Doncaster. I wouldn’t be surprised if she doubled that tally this time round.
12-0 suggests a pretty perfect performance. But what impressed you the most about the ladies against Villa?
I was very impressed all-round. The twelve goals didn’t flatter us and we could have had more if it wasn’t for a handful of decent stops from the Villa goalkeeper. The backline didn’t have too much to worry about and Chamberlain had a quiet afternoon in between the sticks. What impressed me the most was the hunger, a lot of teams would have took their foot off the gas after HT with a 6-0 but not this lot, they wanted more, which was pleasing to see. The men should be taking notes!
What have you made of the coverage of MU Women so far? To me, it seems pretty light and there is certainly room for improvement.
The coverage has been poor, especially on the social media side of things. A lot of fans tweet me saying the same things and thanking me for keeping the fans notified with in-game updates, something the so called official page is not doing. They’re only sending out the HT and FT scores and even then, they are making mistakes. On Sunday, they tweeted the HT score saying Sigsworth had netted a first half brace, even though she had bagged a hat-trick. This was later rectified. However, it is baffling as to why it should be any different from the men’s game. It’s early days of course and I’m sure things will improve over time, but it’s a poor start. I have let them know I’m available for the role!
Up next is Sheffield Utd ladies at home. What kind of challenge will they offer and can we expect another double-digit victory?!
It’s hard to say so early on in the season. However, I’m expecting another win albeit not by 12 goals! Sheffield United also beat Villa away from home in the Cup a few weeks back. So, on paper, they should pose more of a threat. They know how to score goals and they had some big wins themselves last season; including a 10-0 win. Our defence will have to be up for it.
It looks like we have genuine quality in this team. The likes of Kirsty Hanson, Katie Zelem and Ella Toone all impressed at Villa. How excited are you by this team?
I think the squad has everything. Young players, experienced players, international players and from what we’ve seen across social media, they have a great friendship with each other. When you are Manchester United, you have the pulling power to bring in that quality, even if you are starting in the second tier. They are at the biggest club in the world and they know it. The drive for immediate success is there and I expect them to reach the top in the coming years.
Finally, what is your score prediction for MU Women v Sheffield Utd Ladies?
I’m never the greatest at predictions but I’ll go for……..5-1 (A United win of course).