Manchester United Women bow out of FA Women’s Conti Cup after Chelsea Women 3-1 loss

Manchester United Women bow out of FA Women's Conti Cup after Chelsea Women 3-1 loss

10-women Manchester United Women bow out of the FA Women’s Conti Cup after a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Chelsea Women.

Man United Women were on a seven-match winning run in all competitions, including clean sheets wins over Tottenham Women, Arsenal Women and a massive 5-0 win over Aston Villa Women.

However, their impressive winning streak came to an end after their sceptical performance led to a 3-1 loss to a well-organised Chelsea Women.

Pernille Harder opened the scoring in the 21st minute after she mesmerised Manchester United Women centre-back, Mannion before hitting the ball past Sophie Baggaley.

Five minutes later, The Blues doubled their lead through a Jessie Fleming header, thanks to Ona Batlle’s failed attempt to stop Niamh Charles from crossing the ball into the area. Though The Reds had plenty of times to defend the threat, eventually the ball fell nicely onto Fleming’s head.

Manchester United Women responded back quickly through Vilde Bøe Risa, whose strike was too powerful for Chelsea goalie Zećira Mušović to stop.

Just when many thought Risa’s goal would boost United to stage a comeback, the Blues restored their two-goal lead minutes later, thanks to yet another dreadful defending from Marc Skinner’s side.

The Reds, without their key player Ella Toone due to suspension, trail 3-1 at half-time despite both sides failing to create many clear-cut chances.

Manchester United Women lost 3-1 Chelsea Women in the Conti Cup
Manchester United Women lost 3-1 Chelsea Women in the Conti Cup

The second half was relatively drab after both sides failed to pose as threats, though Chelsea Women always looked like threats whenever they made their way into United’s half.

Skinner brought on the likes of Ivana Fuso and Signe Kallesøe Bruun to boost United’s goalscoring chances but a straight red to Sophie Baggaley, United Women’s goalie, would thwart whatever the Reds had planned for a comeback. Alessia Russo had to come off for first-choice goalie, Mary Earps.

Manchester United Women will turn their attention next on their Women’s Super League away game against Arsenal on February 5.

United will hope to bounce back against the league leaders, who sit at the top with 26 points from 12 games, two points ahead of the Reds, who have played as many league games as the Gunners.

Marc Skinner’s side lost the reverse fixture 2-0 at Leigh Sports Village on November 21.