Manchester United won crucial three points against Arsenal on Wednesday night, extending their lead at the top of the Women's Super League standings.
With the title race still wide open, matchday 18 of the Barclays Women's Super League saw its two heavyweights go head to head at Leigh Sports Village in Manchester. Manchester United came into this game looking to gain a further lead in the title race, as Chelsea still has two games in hand. Meanwhile, Arsenal, amidst their injury crisis, came into the game to keep their title hopes alive.
However, Leah Williamson of Arsenal went down with what seemed to be a non-contact injury barely 12 minutes into the first half. With Arsenal already without Beth Mead, Vivianne Miedema, Kim Little, and Caitlin Foord due to injury, seeing Leah Williamson falling like that was not what the team needed. Williamson went off the field with the assistance of the medics, and the game resumed with Gio Queiroz taking her place. Throughout the first half, both sides produced several opportunities but were unable to complete the final pass. Alessia Russo of Manchester United created an opening near the conclusion of the first half and, in the prolonged injury time, put the ball into the bottom corner of the goal, giving the home team the lead at the break.
Both teams enjoyed excellent spells in the second half, with Arsenal ready to equalise. The Gunners were more proactive in the second half, forcing the hosts to defend. Unfortunately, the Gunners' offensive period was insufficient, as they could not produce an equaliser. United was able to maintain their lead throughout the game by defending well.
United is four points ahead of Chelsea, who has two games in hand, while Arsenal is third in the league table, tied with Manchester City on points. A crucial win and three points for Manchester United, as Arsenal may be out of contention for the title.
With Leah Williamson now injured ahead of Arsenal's UEFA Women's Champions League semi-final match against Wolfsburg, things for Jonas Eidevall's side are not looking good. However, according to Eidevall's pre-match news conference statements, the squad might have Caitlin Foord back in time for the UWCL.
Watch the UEFA Women's Champions League semi-finals live on ata football and DAZN's UWCL YouTube channel.