Manchester United v Reading: Women’s Super League – live | Women’s Super League


Key events

If you’re flicking through the Sky channels to find the game, let me stop you as this one can only be seen on the FA Player. Or MUTV.

It’s a quick and easy sign-up for the FA Player although we’ve still got the “stream starting soon” message on display and what seems to be a Jean-Michel Jarre b-side being played on a loop.

A milestone for the Man Utd skipper.

Some pre-match reading. More from Jonathan Liew.

The new WSL season kicked off last night. A strong start from Arsenal and Jonathan Liew was there to see it.

On Twitter…

🚨 𝗧𝗘𝗔𝗠 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 🚨

Your Royals squad for the first day of the new campaign – including competitive debuts for @LaurenW17 and Charlie Wellings, with @emsmitch3 returning from her maternity leave and leading the side out for the first time 👊

COME ON URRZZZZZZ!#MUNREA pic.twitter.com/8EIPOydjdS

— Reading FC Women (@ReadingFCWomen) September 17, 2022

The teams

Man Utd: Earps, Batlle, Blundell, Toone, Zelem, Galton, Ladd, Le Tissier, Garcia, Turner, Russo.

Subs: Baggaley, Thorisdottir, Tounkara, Boe Risa, Moore, Staniforth, Leon, Parris, Thomas.

Reading: Moloney, Mukandi, Evans, Rose, Wellings, Eikeland, Wade, Cooper, Rowe, Woodham, Troelsgaard.

Subs: Burns, Poulter, Dowie, Caldwell, Primmer, Meadows Tuson, Perry.

Preamble

After finishes of fourth, fourth, fourth in their three seasons since promotion, Manchester United are still the cab waiting at the rank. Is this the campaign when they finally bank the top-three finish that will secure passage to the Champions League?

The signs look good. Manager Marc Skinner now has a full season under his belt and some eye-catching summer recruits have added further optimism. They include Nikita Parris, boosting United’s contingent of triumphant Lionesses to four.

Forwards Alessia Russo and Ella Toone made a huge impact in England’s golden summer, as did goalkeeper Mary Earps, and United will hope that feelgood factor gives them an early slingshot into the new season.

United should have kicked off with a trip to Spurs but the cancellation of last week’s fixtures due to the death of The Queen means they have home advantage at what will be a packed Leigh Sports Village.

Visitors Reading finished eighth last season – 17 points behind United – after a miserable finish to the campaign. Losing skipper Natasha Harding was a major blow but manager Kelly Chambers has refreshed the squad by bringing in six new faces, including Northern Ireland goalkeeper Jacqueline Burns. Reading will hope the shake-up arrests a concerning slide as their league position over the last five seasons has shown a gradual decline: 4-5-5-7-8.





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