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Friday, January 27, 2023

Player Ratings: Manchester United 5-0 Aston Villa

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Manchester United Women moved top of the FA Women’s Super League table on Saturday with a strong 5-0 win over Aston Villa at Old Trafford. It was important to stay strong after their dramatic late win against Arsenal at the Emirates in their last league outing, and they did just that with Ella Toone and Ona Batlle pulling the strings.

Here are the player ratings from the match.

Mary Earps – 9/10

Long periods between being challenged, but she never lost focus. Made two or three big saves to deny Villa a way back into the game.

Ona Batlle – 10/10

Typically brilliant for United on the right. She was the provider on two of United’s goals and scored another of her own with a powerful strike.

Maya Le Tissier – 8/10

A couple scary moments in defense, but for the most part did her job and supported well going forward too.

Millie Turner – 8/10

Similar to Le Tissier but with a more defensive role. Covered well and dealt with quick breaks well.

Hannah Blundell – 7/10

Not as productive as she can be, but the rest of the team kept the creative pressure off of her.

Hayley Ladd – 7/10

Solid work in midfield next to Zelem, seems to be the established pair now with Jackie Groenen gone.

Katie Zelem – 8/10

Opened the scoring by being in the right place at the right time, strong presence in midfield as usual.

Ella Toone – 10/10

Creative, influential, and kept her work rate at 100% until she was subbed off. Maybe her best performance of the season so far.

Nikita Parris – 6/10

Not her best outing, but looks sharp and fitting into the system well.

Leah Galton – 8/10

Really good work going forward, tasked with finishing off several of the moves and got a goal from it. Could have had a hat trick if not for a bad miss and a poor refereeing decision.

Alessia Russo – 9/10

Scored her third goal in three straight games, and connected so well with Toone throughout the game. All around forward who is vital to United’s attacking moves.

Substitutes

Rachel Williams – 7/10

Scored her first goal of the season.

Martha Thomas – 6/10

Not really involved but helped keep the pressure on Villa.

Lucia Garcia – N/A

Not really involved

Vilde Boe Risa – N/A

Came on late

Marc Skinner – 9/10

Perfectly set up to exploit Villa’s defense from start to finish. This is a team that is really believing at the moment, something that wasn’t always the case after humbling losses to Chelsea or other big teams. They didn’t quit against Arsenal and they were rewarded, and now they’re right back to dominating the teams they need to beat. Title race could actually be on, but certainly a spot in the Champions League is up for grabs the way they are playing.

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