Hanson and Turner win monthly awards
Manchester United Women’s duo Amy Turner and Kirsty Hanson have both been recognised for their outstanding displays in October, by scooping separate Player of the Month awards.
Hanson pipped Kerys Harrop (Birmingham), Chloe Kelly (Everton), and Arsenal duo Vivianne Miedema and Danielle van de Donk to the latter prize, which is voted for by fans.
“We’ve been working on it in training and I couldn’t actually finish them in training,”admitted Hanson, when speaking to club media ahead of Sunday's WSL away clash with Chelsea.
“So to actually finish it in the match was great, especially working with Leah [Galton] because we always look for each other at the back post. It was good for it to pay off after we’d been working on it in training.
“As it came across I was debating whether to take a touch or not, but I just hit it first time and thankfully it went into the net. It’s probably up there with one the best goals I’ve ever scored. I don’t think I’ve ever scored a volley before.”
“I was very surprised because there are so many good players in that league.
“Even the players I was up against on the shortlist were world class. To win it was just amazing.”
As for our other Player of the Month, Turner played a vital role in the Reds keeping three clean sheets in October – against Tottenham and Reading in the WSL – and Manchester City in the FA Women's Continental League Cup.
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Casey Stoney was also on the shortlist for the Barclays FA WSL Manager of the Month award, alongside Arsenal’s Joe Montemurro and Chelsea’s Emma Hayes, but it was Hayes who took the honour after the Blues claimed maximum league points from their three matches.
Sunday's away game against Chelsea at Kingsmeadow, which kicks off at 14:00 GMT, will be shown in full on MUTV from 17:00 GMT.
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