Ella Toone in action against Aston Villa at Old Trafford

Toone: I have the freedom to express myself

Saturday 03 December 2022 16:57

Ella Toone declared she has been given the freedom to express herself, as she reflected on Manchester United's 5-0 win over Aston Villa this afternoon.

Our no.7 put on a dazzling display that saw her register two assists in a comprehensive victory watched by 30,196 fans at Old Trafford - a record home crowd for our women's team.

And Toone believes her influence on the game owes a lot to boss Marc Skinner allowing her to roam free in midfield.

"I feel like Marc gives me that freedom to go out and express myself on the pitch and get into pockets of space, get on the ball, be brave and try different things," Ella told Sky Sports at full-time. 


Toone drives forward with the ball in trademark style.

"I felt like I did that today, I found little pockets of space and enjoyed [having] the ball."

Our no.7 was in full flow at the start of the second half, assisting Alessia Russo for our third goal of the game, and went on to discuss that connection with her team-mate and best friend off the pitch. 

"She makes me look good a lot of the time," Toone said.

"I know I can fizz it into her and she'll get hold of it. I think we've got that relationship on and off the pitch. It helps when you build those relationships off the pitch, it always helps going onto it. 

"Alessia is a great player, I know what her strengths are so I work really well with her and we link up really well."

Toone was equally full of praise for full-back Ona Batlle, who scored and assisted to top off a fantastic display in front of our fans. 

"She played amazing today. Every week she puts in very consistent performances for us so [I'm] delighted she got the goal at Old Trafford."

Toone assisted Alessia Russo for United's third goal.

Despite a dominant display, Toone believes United can be even better going forward.

"I think our standards are that high that we're probably not 100 percent happy with that performance. 

"We want more from ourselves and so much more, but we're really happy with the three points and five goals."

Toone says the fans at Old Trafford were 'amazing'.

Toone also acknowledged the great support her team received from the stands at the Theatre of Dreams.

"It's amazing [the crowd], it's what we want," she enthused in her post-match interview. 

"We want to put on those performances to get fans back in stadiums and watching us and supporting us. They've been amazing ever since we've formed the club and they keep growing in numbers.

"The performances we put on are for them."

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The Reds will also be at home this coming Wednesday evening, 7 December, but this time at Leigh Sports Village.

Tickets for the Continental Cup tie against Everton, which kicks off at 19:00 GMT, are still available online from manutd.com/tickets.