Manchester United forward Alessia Russo was on top form as Casey Stoney’s side won 4-2 at West Ham United earlier today.
The 21-year-old Maidstone-born forward netted twice for The Red Devils at The Chigwell Construction Stadium in Dagenham while she also turned creator for Tobin Heath’s first goal in a United shirt.
Since joining United on a two-year deal last month, Russo has scored three goals in four appearances. The player has also provided two assists.
This afternoon’s display against West Ham United was Russo’s most deadly showing yet in a United shirt and after the match, many of the club’s fans took to Twitter to hail the performance of the England international.
Every time I watch Man Utd Women play I’m left with one overwhelming thought.
“Bloody hell, but Alessia Russo is some player”.
She’s consistently the standout forward in a side with Tobin Heath & Christen Press, and that alone means you truly are a hell of a striking talent.
— Paul (@pucktistic) October 18, 2020
Alessia Russo is just an amazing player. Love her.
— Mikael Österdahl (@mickeosterdahl) October 18, 2020
Alessia Russo is lethal! Only 21 and just getting started.
Would love to see Ivana Fuso get some minutes as well #MUWomen
— #FPL ERYS (@fpl_erys) October 18, 2020
Alessia Russo. She is the One. The Chosen One. Too good. #MUWomen
— AOA (@opitza) October 18, 2020
Alessia Russo has been a brilliant signing too. Leading the line really well. #MUWomen
— Dom (@JustDxm) October 18, 2020
ALESSIA RUSSO = ABSOLUTE BALLER!
— Henrique (@RiqueMathias) October 18, 2020
— Kenneth (@Klingy85) October 18, 2020
— sam (@moorsy11) October 18, 2020
The victory has resulted in Manchester United closing the gap between themselves and second-placed side Everton with goal difference now being the only separating factor.
Stoney’s side’s European credentials will face the biggest test after the international break with Barclays FA Women’s Super League leaders Arsenal providing United’s next opposition. The pair will go into battle at The Leigh Sports Village on Sunday 8 November in what could be one of the most eagerly awaited matches of the season so far. The added incentive for United will be that victory over The Gunners could see Stoney’s side move to the top of the table with Everton facing a difficult trip to Chelsea on the same day.