How our Reds did us proud at the Women's World Cup

Tuesday 22 August 2023 15:21

Sunday's final brought the curtain down on the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, with Spain being crowned champions - at the expense of England.

The winners edged out the Lionesses 1-0 in an enthralling final that United's Mary Earps and Ella Toone each started.

Both Reds, along with Reds skipper Katie Zelem, helped the England women's team reach their first-ever World Cup final and can be very proud of what they accomplished this summer.

In addition to our English contingent, United players represented Canada, Norway and - following the recent arrival of Geyse - Brazil on the global stage.

Now that the tournament has ended, here you can reflect on how each of our players fared Down Under.


New attacker Geyse completed her move from Barcelona to United on Friday, following her exploits with Brazil at the World Cup.

The Copa America champions were drawn in a group with France, Jamaica and Panama and started with a 4-0 thrashing of the latter.

France then edged them 2-1 before a 0-0 draw with Jamaica saw the South American side unable to progress to the knockout rounds.

Geyse came off the bench to assist the fourth goal in that opening win, started the clash with France and then introduced as a substitute once more in Brazil's match against Jamaica.


After a 0-0 draw with Nigeria to kick off their campaign, United's Adriana Leon and Jayde Riviere both helped Canada come from behind to defeat Republic of Ireland in their second match, with Leon netting the winner.

However, despite their best efforts, both United players and their nation were eliminated from the tournament at the group phase, following a 4-0 defeat to co-hosts Australia in their third and final game, meaning they would finish outside the top-two progression spots.

Both Reds were named in the starting XI by head coach Bev Priestman for all three of their Group B outings.


As mentioned earlier, our Lionesses were narrowly beaten in the World Cup final, despite Earps producing a fine penalty save in the second half.

Toone scored a crucial goal against Australia in the semi-final to help England reach the final, while United captain Katie Zelem made her first appearance in a major tournament for the Lionesses in the emphatic 6-1 victory over China, in their final group-stage match. She also played against Nigeria in the round of 16.

Earps took home the Golden Glove too, recognised for her impressive performances at the competition, adding the accolade to the WSL award of the same name for 2022/23 and her FIFA's The Best Goalkeeper win.

Beckham's congratulations for Earps


Reds legend David has celebrated United Women keeper Mary, after her impressive performances at the World Cup.


Rounding off our alphabetical recap is Vilde Boe Risa, who represented Norway in this summer's tournament.

Despite losing their opening match against co-hosts New Zealand, a 0-0 draw against Switzerland was followed up by a 6-0 triumph over the Philippines, earning them a spot in the knockout rounds.

Japan eliminated Norway 3-1 in the Round of 16 but Boe Risa can return from the tournament with her head held high, having displayed her qualities on the world stage.

Our midfielder started three of the four fixtures Norway played Down Under, notably assisting two of their seven goals, including the one in the round of 16.


You can see every one of our Reds' Barclays Women's Super League home matches in the upcoming campaign with a 2023/24 United Women season ticket - get yours here!