Red Devil Talk: MU Women Weekly Review

Another game, another victory. Something that is becoming quite frequent when MU Women are involved. London Bees Ladies became the latest team put to the sword by Utd at the weekend. Mollie Green, Lauren James, Millie Turner and Ella Toone were all on target for the Reds in a routine victory.

The victory ensured MU women retained top spot in the FA Women’s Championship. Of course, Utd are yet to concede and will be determined to keep that statistic intact when they host Durham Ladies this weekend at Leigh Sports Village. Green opened the scoring after 17 mins against the Bees, and after that, Utd never looked back.

Lauren James added to the scoring just before the half-hour mark with a close range finish. The game was beyond their opponents on the stroke of half time when Millie Turner found the net with a diving header. Job done, and all within the opening 45 minutes. In the second half, Utd did not let up as they chased more goals. They got their reward in the 55th minute when Mollie Green got her second of the day after some great work out wide. With 15 minutes to play, Toone completed the scoring after some poor goalkeeping by Quantrill in the Bees goal.

After the game, I caught up with Red Devil Talk’s MU Women expert, Damon Morris. Damon does great work on his @ManUtdWomenFC account and talks about the Bees game, Lauren James, Siobhan Chamberlain, as well as offering some insight on Durham, who Utd face in their next game.

Another emphatic victory Damon. The ladies look the real deal. What was most pleasing during the 5-0 win at the weekend?

Indeed, another good win, slightly better than the 4-1 I predicted but that’s no surprise! They certainly do look the real deal so far and I don’t expect these big scoring wins to stop throughout the season. The thing I love about watching the women’s side is the hunger for goals, no matter what the scoreline they just want more, which is very pleasing for the fans.

Casey Stoney did her best before the season started to play down talks of a title charge. Surely she could not have envisaged such a start with a new squad of players?

You couldn’t blame her playing it down in all honesty. For a young coach, taking her first job as a manager and building an entirely new squad from scratch, it was going to be extremely difficult to judge how well they would gel as a group. However, as we all know, its started as well as could be hoped. The squad being made up of entirely British players and a mixture of youth and experience seems to be a perfect blend. You can see from their social media outlets they aren’t just a team, they’re friends too, and that helps on the pitch.

Who shone from a Utd point of view against The Bees?

Lauren James, once again, had an excellent game before being subbed early in the second half, which wasn’t a surprise with the previous two games coming in short succession. The youngster set up the opening goal for Mollie Green with a delightful cross and then got on the score sheet herself with a good finish. She really did torment the Bee’s defence throughout the first half. I still can’t believe she is 16 (17 this week). Mollie Green also deserves a mention with her brace and could have had a few more on another day.

Another clean sheet. Should Siobhan Chamberlain just stay on the bus for the next game?!

She has had the perfect start the league campaign. 270 minutes played without conceding. It’s not been a given either, although she had a relatively quiet afternoon against the Bee’s, she had to be on her toes in the final minutes when the home side were pushing hard for a consolation and very nearly got one if not for the woodwork. She has made plenty of saves in the opening few games, we have to remember she is a very experienced England international, so she won’t be easy to score against!

Durham ladies are up next, can you give us any insight as to what kind of a challenge they may offer?

I’m confident Durham will give us our best test in the league so far, they are unbeaten in their opening two games, beating Sheffield United then drawing against Charlton last time out. They are in our Cup group so we will be playing them a few times this season. They have already played the two Merseyside clubs in the group, beating Everton and narrowly losing out on penalties against Liverpool in a 3-3 thriller.  The club were only established a few years ago and are progressing nicely, so I’m expecting a closer encounter than last time out.

Who is their most dangerous player?

No.17, Emily Roberts. She has 3 goals in her last 2 games and the clubs top scorer so far this season so she’ll pose a big goal threat for the Wildcats. She can play anywhere across the front three, usually coming in from wide positions, so our full-backs will need to keep a close eye on her this weekend.

Finally, how do you see the game unfolding?

Like us, they like to attack. They’ve netted 7 times in their last 3 games, so I’m expecting a few goals in this one, and although I did say it last time, I wouldn’t be surprised to see us concede our first goal in the league. They haven’t had too many results of late in which they haven’t scored a goal. Having said that, the way we have been playing, you can’t see anything but a United win. Occasionally, Durham do concede a few goals, so I’m hoping this game will be one such occasion. I’m going for a 4-2 win and Jess Sigsworth to get back to her goal scoring ways.

 

 

 

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