Manchester United manager Casey Stoney said that her side’s performance in their 6-0 Vitality Women’s FA Cup fourth round tie at Burnley was one of real professionalism.
The Red Devils established a four-goal lead in the first half before adding two more goals in the second period as they eased to victory over Matt Bee’s Burnley side.
When speaking to FAWSL Full-Time in the post-match press conference, Stoney said that she was pleased with the professional performance from her side.
“It could’ve been, should’ve been more but I thought that it was actually a really professional performance,” Stoney said. “They didn’t have a shot at goal.
“I thought we moved the ball really well and I think on a better pitch, it would have been more. You could see the players were getting frustrated with the way that the ball was moving, there were a lot of bobbles.
“We couldn’t play as quick as we would have liked but I commend them, they kept their standards really high, moved the ball really well and the only frustrating thing was that it could’ve been double figures.”
Forward Kirsty Hanson netted two second half goals for United but in truth, she could have scored a couple more. Stoney said that she was impressed with what she saw from the Scotland international.
“I actually thought that it was a really positive display from Kirsty,” Stoney said. “She was really positive one v one, the Kirsty Hanson that we know best.
“She probably could have had five or six. The fact that she is getting herself in the right areas, I thought she was a real highlight today.”
Despite the 6-0 scoreline, Burnley were a real credit to themselves, proving their fitness over the course of the entire 90 minutes. Stoney paid tribute to the FA Women’s National League North side for their efforts.
She said “Real credit to them. It can’t have been easy trying to prepare a team when you probably have two sessions a week, they’ve played two lots of extra-time and hardly had any time to prepare and they play us who are a full-time team who have been in training since July.
“Credit to them and credit to their manager, they stuck at it. They didn’t get frustrated, they didn’t start kicking, which was really impressive and they just stuck to their game plan.
“I think they’ll go from strength-to-strength with the support that they have from the men’s club now.”
Manchester United’s reward for this afternoon’s victory is a home fixture against second tier champions Leicester City in the fifth round.