Casey: I’m proud of every single player

Casey Stoney has said she is “proud” of every single member of her Manchester United Women’s squad following our 1-0 victory over Arsenal on Sunday.

The Reds leapfrogged the Gunners to take top spot in the WSL thanks to the win, which was secured by Ella Toone’s 83rd-minute strike.

Yet, despite the lateness of our decisive goal, the Reds dominated proceedings at Leigh Sports Village and, following a week that saw Casey’s squad pick up three injuries and face a postponed game, the boss was thrilled to grab a huge three points.

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“I’m proud of every single one of them,”
our head coach told MUTV after the game.
“Those that got on and those that didn’t. We’ve had a tough week this week, we’ve had a lot to contend with, with having knocks and having a game postponed and they go out and produce that. It’s a fantastic squad that I’m working with.

“We now believe that we can go toe-to-toe and beat the best teams in the league and that’s important,”
she added.

“I’m really pleased, but I’ve just said to them in there that it's only one game. As important a victory as it is, it’s just one victory in a long season. We now need to prepare for next weekend.”
Arsenal had averaged nearly six goals per game in the WSL this season, prior to Sunday’s encounter. However, the Reds’ organised backline ensured we shut out the most potent side in the division and kept a third clean sheet of the campaign.

“They had that chance in the second half, but you expect Arsenal to have chances,”
said Casey.
“I thought that was credit to our shape, our discipline, our pressing and our work rate. I thought we really got around them and limited their chances and I thought the two centre-backs today were really good for us.

“We said beforehand that it would take everybody. Obviously, Arsenal are a good side and we had to use a lot of energy pressing and trying to get the ball back, and the players that came on today were outstanding.”

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Casey also revealed how one of United’s new signings managed to slightly alter her mindset during Sunday’s game.

“It was Christen Press actually who made me feel differently about chances and actually, by having chances we’re getting closer to scoring. 

“I felt like: okay, if we just have the mindset that we’re getting closer to scoring; keep going, keep doing the right things and keep defending. I have to say, defensively, from back to front and front to back, today we were outstanding. I thought we were worthy of the win.”

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