Leah Galton was Manchester United’s saviour of Sunday as she struck late to level in their 1-1 draw against Chelsea at The Leigh Sports Village.
Galton’s equaliser gave The Red Devils their first-ever goal and point against a ‘top three’ side in the FA Women’s Super League.
The winger spoke to the press, including FA Women’s Super League Full-Time, following her superb display against the champions and talked about how important such a result is for the team.
“It just supports our confidence as a team” Galton said. “We said at the beginning of the season we wanted to be top three and I think that shows that we can be and we’ve got every right to be up there this season.”
Casey Stoney’s side will have few sterner tests at The Leigh Sports Village this season so it is understandable that the team were pleased with their performance. Putting in such an imposing performance so early on in the campaign has certainly made Galton and her teammates excited for the season ahead.
“We can only go upwards from here” she said. “It’s the first game of the season and usually that’s the most rusty game, you’re normally still getting used to the season.
“If we can perform like that on the opening day we can go far with this squad.”
The Red Devils obviously have their sights set high for the rest of the season after finishing fourth last term, 13 points behind third-placed Arsenal. In every league game against a top three side last season, Manchester United lost 1-0 but Stoney’s side certainly don’t have those defeats on their minds this year.
Winger Galton said “I think it’s our belief in the squad, an extra layer of belief.
“Even if we go 1-0 down, we can still win, we don’t have to think we’ll lose the game.”
It was a clear statement from United to the rest of the league that they have improved upon last season despite having a depleted squad and they will certainly be a team to fear if they continue to go from strength-to-strength.