Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
Ahead of Manchester United’s debut game in the UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL) and the English Women’s Super League (WSL), the team faced fellow WSL side, Liverpool and secured a 3-1 win on Wednesday.
A brace from Ella Toone and one goal from Brazilian star Gyese Ferreira ensured the team prepared for their next competitive games in high spirit.
Ten minutes into the encounter, Toone opened the scoring with a cool finish inside the box.
Four minutes later, the number seven jersey was on the scoresheet once again. Toone latched onto Hayley Ladd’s through ball and lifted it over the Liverpool goalkeeper.
United continued to press and control the game with Geyse coming close to getting on the scoresheet. Gemma Evans and Millie Turner worked well together at the back to stop Liverpool from getting many attempts at goal.
With a few minutes of the first half remaining, Emma Koivisto’s run down the right created a chance for Liverpool but Roman Haug could not get enough contact on the ball and guided it wide of the post.
The visitors looked much stronger towards the end of the half and a defensive mishap at the back post provided an easy tap-in for Natasha Flint to make it 2-1 at the break.
United’s third goal was a fantastic team effort with Miyazawa winning possession back on the edge of the area. Hannah Blundell collected the ball from her and guided it into the box, where Geyse took her time before shooting directly into the back of the net.
The win was United’s second pre-season victory, with one final game, against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, to come before the start of the season – away at Aston Villa on 1 October.
The game was the first for newly signed Japanese international, Hinata Miyazawa who replaced Galton in the 45th minute.
United last Wednesday signed Japan international Hinata Miyazawa, who won the Golden Boot at the Women’s World Cup.
Financial details were not disclosed. The midfielder arrives in Manchester from WE League side Mynavi Sendai, who she joined in 2021.
Miyazawa was the only non-European award winner at the World Cup after scoring five goals in four games for the “Nadeshiko,” who were eliminated by Sweden in the quarter-finals.
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