Rose Lavelle of Manchester City Women Manchester City Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women, WSL football match, City Football Academy, Manchester, UK - 04 Oct 2020 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

Manchester City midfielder Lavelle coy on winning MVP award

Manchester City midfielder Rose Lavelle was very modest after being handed the MVP award for her performances for the United States at the SheBelieves Cup.

The United States won the tournament for the second consecutive year with Lavelle providing a goal and an assist. The player came off the bench in the first game to drive Vlatko Andonovski’s side on to a 1-0 win over Canada in which she scored the game’s only goal before starting the final two matches against Brazil and Argentina.

The MVP award is handed out to the top performing player at the tournament and it was Lavelle who won this year’s award in the early hours of this morning.

FAWSL Full-Time spoke to Lavelle shortly after she was named MVP and she provided a very humble response to landing the award.

“Honestly, I don’t know how I won that” said Lavelle in the post-match press conference. “I don’t know who picks that but I think there were a lot better options.

“I am very happy, it is always nice to be recognised but I feel like there were other players who deserved it more.”

The United States were less than impressive against Canada in the first game while they took 88 minutes to finally put the Brazil game to bed. Lavelle went on to say that the performance in her nation’s final game was about being more technical and ruthless in the final third.

She said “Against Brazil and Canada, we knew that we had to clean up those technical pieces, it was something that the coach has emphasised in the last two games.

“Going into this game, we knew that we had to focus on that and knuckle down and capitalise on our chances more so.

“That was the difference today.”

Lavelle will now hope to take her international form back to her club. Manchester City face six games in a four-week period including two Round of 16 ties against Italian club Fiorentina in the UEFA Women’s Champions League. Gareth Taylor’s side return to action following the international break at Birmingham City on Sunday.

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