Arsenal beat Manchester United in a hard-fought 1-0 game in the Women’s Super League.
United’s women could not have had two more stern opponents inthier opening two games of the WSL season.
United are newly promoted, and only in their second year of existence. But Casey Stoney’s team are battling hard.
They faced defending WSL champions Arsenal at home and were only undone by a late strike.
The 89th-minute goal from Arsenals Danielle van de Donk was the only difference between the sides.
Several fine saves from Stoneys England international goalkeeper Mary Earps ket her side in with a chance of claiming a shock scalp.
It would have also been United’s first point of the season, as they fell to Manchester City in the opening game of the season.
Last season’s United’s women ran away with second-tier, scoring over 100 goals and only conceding seven.
Things are a little more competitive in the super league, but United had chances of their own to take the lead too.
Arsenal’s Austria international keeper Manuela Zinsberger denied Scotland’s Jane Ross when they went one-on-one in the second half.
The result puts Arsenal with a 100% record for the start of their title defence and top of the league on six points.
Manchester United, on the other hand, are at the opposite end right now, with no points to show for their troubles.
The good news for United is that they have faced just about the best the league has to offer. In Arsenal Women and Manchester City women.
Casey Stoney can look forward to performances like in their opening two games, gaining them some vital points.