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Kick off 19:00 (UK)

20 September 2018 Venue Leigh Sports Stadium Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Manchester United
3 - 0
Sheffield United

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Manchester United v United Women - preview

19 September 2018

Sheffield United Women travel to Manchester United this Thursday night looking to get off the mark in the FA Women's Championship following a 2-0 defeat against Durham last weekend.

Carla Ward's side got the season off to a good start with a Continental Cup win at Aston Villa but face their toughest test of the season against an impressive Man United side this week.

Our hosts on Thursday had to build an entire new squad from scratch after returning to the women's game for the first time in 13 years.

Among them are England internationals Alex Greenwood, Siobhan Chamberlain and former Blades youth graduate Amy Turner.

Jess Sigsworth, who was top scorer in what was then FA WSL 2 last season with 15 goals, scored five in just one game against Villa last weekend and will be the main attacker for United's defence to keep an eye on come Thursday evening.

The Blades themselves have recruited an almost completely new-look squad after receiving Tier 2 status in the summer and Ward will be able to call upon the majority as United look to bounce back from Sunday's 2-0 defeat at home to Birmingham in the cup.

Fellow Championship newcomers Man United are managed by Ward's former Lincoln City team mate Casey Stoney and swept aside Aston Villa 12-0 in their first league match, as well as claiming a 1-0 win against top tier opposition Liverpool in the cup.

Ward and Stoney aren't the only people who link the two clubs, Blades loanee Ellie Fletcher spent several years in the Red Devils academy before moving onto Liverpool, who she's currently on loan at United from.

And like the rest of the squad will be, Fletcher is looking forward to the occasion. "We're all looking forward to playing against Man United because as players these are the games you want to play in.

"We want to test ourselves against the best teams in the league. We want to try and build upon what we did last week."

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Match Reports

Manchester United 3-0 United Women - report

20 September 2018

United's women put in a valiant performance against Manchester United, coming away defeated 3-0 but having done themselves proud against the strongest side in the division.

The Blades even tested Man United's defence at times and should have seen themselves going in level at the break but the hosts showed their quality to punish United when it mattered.

An even first ten minutes saw Carla Ward's side defend stoutly until Ellie Fletcher conceded a penalty for a foul on Lauren James, gifting the hosts the chance to take the lead.

Katie Zelem stepped up and despite Nicola Hobbs going the right way, the midfielder's penalty found the bottom corner.

Kirsty Hanson hit the crossbar with a curling effort before the Blades passed up two huge chances to go in at the break at 1-1.

Striker Chloe Dixon hesitated whilst in on goal, allowing former Blades youth graduate Amy Turner the chance to deny her before Danielle Cox was denied at point-blank range by Siobhan Chamberlain from the resulting corner.

Almost as soon as it should have been 1-1, it was 2-0. After her earlier effort, Hanson's radar was more accurate this time as her spectacular beat Hobbs and nestled in the corner of the net.

It was a blow for a Blades side which had more than competed with Man United during the first half but Ward's side didn't let their heads drop after the break.

Substitute Lizzie Arnot added a third after Hanson this time turned creator, beating Ellie Gilliatt and putting in a cross the Scotland winger couldn't miss just after the hour mark.

Blades continued to push and did themselves no harm with a more than creditable performance, only substitute Aimee Palmer coming close in the closing stages with a fierce effort which also hit the crossbar.

Blades: Hobbs, Fletcher (Kemp 65), Cox, Ryan, Gilliatt, Pennock, Barker, Tierney, Paul (Jones 57), Rayner (Barker 88), Dixon.
Unused: Brooks, Ford, Marsden, Cresswell.

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