Arsenal needed a late strike from Danielle van de Donk to win at Manchester United, as the newly promoted hosts impressed against the defending Women’s Super League champions.

England goalkeeper Mary Earps had produced several fine saves to give Casey Stoney’s team hope of earning their first point as a top-flight club, but a deflection helped the ball find Van de Donk who fired home in the closing stages, just after her Netherlands team-mate Vivianne Miedema had struck the post.

Last season’s second-tier winners could have won the game themselves, with Arsenal’s Austria shot-stopper Manuela Zinsberger denying Scotland’s Jane Ross when one-on-one in the second half, but the Gunners were dominant late on and eventually found a way past Earps.

United were playing in their first home game as a WSL club, after their promotion from the Championship last term in their first campaign following their reformation of a senior women’s side in 2018, and were backed by a passionate crowd of 2,530 crowd at Leigh Sports Village.

More to follow.



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