The ninth fixture of the FAWSL saw a top of the table clash between Manchester City Women and Chelsea Women but while the two battled it out, Manchester United Women quietly got on with business. The Red Devils hosted fifth-place Everton in a game that would try to close the gap to third-placed Manchester City.
The Red Devils have made a good start to the season even though they now have a record of five wins and four losses. Their losses have been close defeats to the current top three by one-goal margins. Having beaten Everton in the Cup last month, United would have been considered as favourites for the tie. Everton, however, have won three out of their last five games and are well placed in fifth.
Team News & Lineups
Casey Stoney made two changes to her side’s win over West Ham with Jessica Sigsworth and Lauren James coming in to replace Kirsty Hanson and Jane Ross. Stoney lined up her side in her usual 4-2-3-1 formation. This system has been tried and tested and one the players are accustomed to and teams have found it increasingly difficult to beat and break down.
Everton also lined up in a 4-2-3-1 system making one change with central defender Kika van Es being replaced by Gabrielle George. The rest of the team was unchanged from their impressive 3-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur.
Manchester United Women: Earps; Turner, McManus, Turner, Harris; Zelem, Ladd; Sigsworth, Groenen, Galton; James
Everton Women: Korpela; Morgan, Finnigan, George, Turner; Graham, Clemaron; Kelly, Pike, Kaagman; Magill
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