Manchester United 1-6 Chelsea: Statement of Intent

Emma Hayes’s side ruthlessly ended Manchester United’s unbeaten start to the season with a comprehensive victory. Five different players all scored for a rampant Chelsea as it ended Manchester United 1-6 Chelsea at Leigh Sports Village. 

Manchester United 1-6 Chelsea Final Score

Team News

After the 4-0 win against Everton, Chelsea made 2 changes. This meant Ann Katrin-Berger in goal, with Millie Bright, Jess Carter and captain Magda Eriksson at the back. Niamh Charles came in on the right with Guro Reiten at left wing-back. Melanie Leupolz came into the engine room to partner with Sophie Ingle. The much-vaunted front 3 of Sam Kerr, Fran Kirby and Pernille Harder started in attack. 

First Half

Chelsea nearly scored as soon mere seconds after the 1st whistle. Mary Earps’s poor pass to Thorisdottir let in Sam Kerr, but she didn’t punish the United keeper. 2 minutes on the clock was all it took though. Former Blue Hannah Blundell ran into trouble against Sam Kerr and she squared for Kirby who tapped home WSL goal No. 50. 

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United’s troubles doubled midway through the half. Pernille Harder pounched on Jackie Groenen’s poor first touch, stormed through the United defence and calmly lobbed Earps to make it 2-0. 

The attacking trio were all on the scoresheet before half-time. United’s poor passing from the back this time saw captain Katie Zelem concede the ball cheaply to Kirby. This time, she teed up Sam Kerr and she made it Manchester United 0-3 Chelsea. 

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Second Half

United subbed on former Blue Alessia Russo and she combined well with Ella Toone to pull one back for United. Her effort deflected in off Millie Bright, but mere minutes later, the 3-goal lead was restored. Again it was Kirby to Kerr and although the latter miskicked her first effort, she side-footed in her 4th of the season. There was a hint of offside about her 51st-minute goal, however. 

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Russo crashed an effort off the crossbar, but the goalscoring was done until the 87th minute. Firstly, substitutes combined as Jessie Fleming found Beth England. The striker teed up Drew Spence who finished well. Then with almost the last kick of the game, Jessie Fleming grabbed her first ever Chelsea goal. The Canuck reacted well as Earps saved from Spence and lofted into the net to make it Manchester United 1-6 Chelsea. 

Full Time: Manchester United 1-6 Chelsea

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Final Thoughts: Manchester United 1-6 Chelsea

A huge win for Emma Hayes’s side on the road lifting them up to 4th in the table. They took advantage of United’s poor decisions and punished them. In particular, the attacking trio of Kirby, Kerr and Harder looked outstanding in the opening 30 minutes. It’s good to see the depth that Fleming and Spence bring too.

A tricky home test against last year’s nemesis Brighton & Hove Albion is next up.

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