Manchester United’s women’s squad reportedly suffered a stressful journey en path to their friendly match against Maltese side Birkirkara when their bus was broken by a pothole on their way into the bottom. The journey didn’t appear to have an excessive amount of of an effect on the player nonetheless with the Red Devils running out 10-0 winners in front of what was a record crowd for a women’s football match in Malta.
United’s players were having fun with a mid-season training camp on the Mediterranean island as they appear forward to the second half of the Women’s Super League season. The friendly against Birkirkara was their final a part of the tour nevertheless it was not plain sailing getting there.
The Malta Independent reports that a wheel in the back of the bus was broken by a pothole after the road collapsed outside the Tony Bezzina stadium. Fortunately no players were injured within the incident and the sport was in a position to get underway as scheduled.
United headed up dominating their opponents as they cruised to a double digit victory in front of a record Maltese crowd of 1,053. Alessia Russo and Vilde Boe Risa each found the web twice with Lucia Garcia, Grace Clinton, Jade Moore, Nikita Parris, Rachel Williams and Martha Thomas all grabbing a goal for themselves.
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Red Devils manager Marc Skinner was filled with praise for his players after the sport as well and stressed his pride for being invovled in such an enormous moment for Maltese football.
“It was an ideal game,” he said after the match. “It was very difficult – Birkirkara used a deep lock formation. But what we have now shown from our aspect is that we’ve evolved from last 12 months.
“For me, it’s more in regards to the occasion. It’s more about coming in and being a part of our wonderful supporters in Malta obviously having the oldest supporters club and our history for Manchester United, it’s really essential for us to come back and play our part in that. Overall a unbelievable night lots to learn from them I hope, and much to learn for us too.”
United currently sit third within the WSL behind Chelsea and Arsenal. They’ll get their season back underway against fierce rivals Liverpool in a 2.05pm kick-off at Leigh Sports Village next Sunday.