Alessia Russo seals WSL Player of the Month prize

Thursday 07 April 2022 11:00

Manchester United Women striker Alessia Russo has been crowned the FA Women's Super League Player of the Month for March 2022.

Our no.23 has been rewarded for some outstanding performances during the month, notably a Player-of-the-Match showing in the women's team's first-ever fan-attended game at Old Trafford.
The Reds were behind early on against visitors Everton – in front of a huge 20,241 crowd – but Russo led a defiant response, scoring twice to help us to a 3-1 success.
She also found the net in the 4-0 win over Leicester that started March, plus the 3-1 away win at Reading. Our 1-1 draw with West Ham was the only WSL game in the month where the powerful forward failed to make the scoresheet.
Highlights: United Women v Everton Video

Highlights: United Women v Everton

Alessia Russo was among the goals for our women's team against Everton at Old Trafford on 27 March 2022...

The Maidstone-born finisher edged out a stellar cast of fellow players to claim the prize, including former United Women's skipper Alex Greenwood (now of Manchester City).
Also nominated were: Sam Kerr (Chelsea), Maya Le Tissier (Brighton & Hove Albion), Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal) and Guro Reiten (Chelsea).
It continues Russo's fine season, which has seen her respond strongly to an injury-hit 2020/21 campaign. The 23-year-old also claimed the PFA WSL Fans' Player of the Month accolade back in December.
MU Women boss Marc Skinner spoke effusively about the striker a few weeks ago, following the win at Reading.
“The way that she strikes the ball is very unique in women’s football, getting the power levels [she does],” he explained. 
“Her leg comes right across her body to give that much power. What Alessia has is unique abilities to hold the ball really well, to join play, and if she gets half a yard to shoot, she’s deadly.

“She can have it all. We’re still going to keep working with her because there is a lot she can still achieve. But she is very much in form and has high impact on the games we’re playing. She’s got lots to learn but is really heading in the right direction.”
Congratulations to Alessia on the award – keep it up!