General view of Twerton Park before the start of the match Bristol City Women v Everton Women, WSL football match, Twerton Park, Twerton, UK - 06 Sep 2020 Photo: Paul Currie for The FA

Manchester United’s European hopes end despite narrow victory at Bristol City

Manchester United’s UEFA Women’s Champions League qualification hopes are over for another season despite recording a 1-0 victory over Bristol City at Twerton Park this afternoon.

A late Yana Daniels own goal was enough to hand United the three points in Bath but Arsenal’s 2-1 win at Everton means that it is The Gunners who claim the final UEFA Women’s Champions League qualification spot.

Bristol City went close to breaking the deadlock early on but Kiera Skeels’ shot could only strike the bar before former Manchester United forward Ebony Salmon twice tested visiting keeper Mary Earps.

Ella Toone looked to be Manchester United’s greatest goal threat but she failed to find a way beyond home keeper Sophie Baggaley with a couple of promising chances as the first half ended goalless.

Meaghan Sergeant headed straight at Earps early in the second half before Skeels also fired an effort at the visiting keeper. Manchester United pushed forward as the half drew on and they eventually got their rewards 11 minutes from time when Jane Ross connected with a low delivery across the box but Bristol City midfielder Daniels looked to get the final touch as the ball nestled in the back of the net.

Bristol City were unable to build any kind of momentum in the final minutes as they ended the match pointless and facing a must-win final fixture at Brighton & Hove Albion next weekend. Meanwhile, Casey Stoney’s Manchester United will end their season at home to Everton in a dead rubber fixture.

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