WOMEN’S RECAP: Manchester United Women vs Burnley

Manchester United Women vs Burnley Match Recap

Manchester United waltzed past Burnley in their FA Cup fourth-round fixture on Sunday, with Millie Turner, Ella Toone, Lucy Staniforth, and Amy Turner all finding the net in the first half. A double from Kirsty Hanson in the second half cemented United’s win against the Clarettes. Here’s a breakdown of Manchester United Women vs Burnley.

Set Up

Manchester United: Earps (Bentley 70), Batlle, A. Turner (Bourne 59), M. Turner, Smith (Thorisdottir 59), Zelem (c), Toone (Jones 71), Staniforth, Sigsworth (Press 59), Ross, Hanson
Substitutes not used: Groenen

Burnley: Bracewell (c), Hamer, Bickett, Fleck, Cooper (Shirtcliffe 66), Worthington, Dykes, Greenhalgh (Owen 77), Hope, Priestley, Thomas (Mapp 72)
Substitutes not used: Gibbins, Brown, Rathburn, Wilson, Tobin, Rawstron

Casey Stoney made just a few changes to her team, as Christen Press came back from a minor injury, and Tara Bourne made her senior team debut.

First Half

Stoney’s side were looking for an early opener as Staniforth’s shot went over the bar.

Burnley’s Cara Bickett stopped Sigsworth from opening the scoring for United shortly after with a well-timed sliding block. Burnley dealt with both Toone’s and Ona Batlle’s chances, but United’s press paid off in the 11th minute. Staniforth curled the ball into the box from a corner, and Millie Turner headed the ball in to the back post to put the visitors ahead.

Barely five minutes after, Toone made it 2-0 to United — and became the club’s top scorer with seven goals — as she slotted the ball neatly into the back of the net. She continued to have an impact on her team’s performance, sending in a cross to Staniforth who in turn spotted Sigsworth, but her effort went wide.

Burnley’s keeper stopped Toone from adding to her tally shortly afterwards with a quick save, but Staniforth was quicker and made it 3-0 for the visitors moments later with a clever assist from Batlle.

United’s final goal in the half came just like the first: from a converted set-piece by our other centre-back, Amy Turner. She found Toone’s corner into the box and gave the visiting team a comfortable lead going into half-time.

Tara Bourne making her senior debut for Manchester United Women.
[18 April, 2021. Burnley, England, Manchester United Women.]

Second Half

Toone continued to have an impact early in the second half, when she found Hanson on the left. Hanson, in turn, beat out one of Burnley’s defenders to shoot an effort into the bottom corner. Hanson followed that up with her second goal, and United’s sixth, just before the hour. She was quick to react after Sigsworth’s shot ricocheted off the crossbar, heading the rebound into an empty net.

United kept pressuring Burnley and substitute Press nearly made it 7-0, but her effort went just wide of goal. Staniforth also came close to adding to her count in the dying minutes, but her shot hit the crossbar instead.

Jane Ross saw her shot at goal (and United’s last shot in the match) denied by Burnley’s keeper Lauren Bracewell before the final whistle.

Wrap up

United progress on to the fifth round of the FA Cup, facing opponents Leicester City at home in mid-May. Before that, though, Stoney’s side face Spurs at home next Sunday. These next few matches are crucial for United’s chances of qualifying for European football next season.

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New Yorker living in London. Likes beyond football include chocolate, naps, coffee, and doing nothing. Dislikes include losing (anything, not just football matches), insects, and waking up before my alarm clock. The one thing I know for certain is that I'll never stop loving this team.

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