Manchester United Women manager Manager Casey Stoney watches from the touchline Manchester United Women v Lewes Women, Women's Championship football match, Leigh Sports Village, Leigh, UK - 11 May 2019 Photo: Jon Super for The FA

‘They were clinical, we weren’t’ – Manchester United boss Stoney on Arsenal defeat

Manchester United boss Casey Stoney says that tonight’s game against Arsenal at Meadow Park was won by the side which was the most clinical in the opposition box.

The Red Devils lost the match 2-0 as The Gunners regained the advantage in the race for UEFA Women’s Champions League qualification.

United had more goal attempts than Arsenal but it was home keeper Manuela Zinsberger who was the least troubled goalkeeper throughout the 90 minutes with just a quarter of the visitors’ shots being on target.

When speaking in the post-match press conference in which FAWSL Full-Time were present, Stoney said that the game was one which had been won by the most clinical side in the opposition box.

“They were clinical with their chances, we weren’t in ours,” said Stoney. “We concede a poor goal and then set pieces again have done us.

“Goals change games and I think we had two really good chances in the first half and we didn’t take them.

“It was definitely both boxes where it was won and lost.”

A feisty game saw match referee Amy Fearn struggle to keep control of the proceedings and Stoney tried to restrain herself when discussing the performances of the officials, although she still did vent some of her frustration.

“If you can kick an 18-year-old time and time and time again and I get a response of ‘well it’s not the same player so I can’t do anything’, it is your job to do something,” Stoney said. “Player safety surely has to be your priority in the game.

“There were lots of fouls, they fouled, we fouled. I just felt that in the first half, one player on my team got fouled a lot and that same player gets sent off for reacting normally and then you wonder why.

“She is an 18-year-old kid and we haven’t protected her.”

Tonight’s result leaves Manchester United three points clear of Arsenal in third place, however, The Gunners have a game in hand and boast a significantly better goal difference.

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