Zelem: We need to build on tonight's attendance

Sunday 19 November 2023 20:17

Manchester United Women captain Katie Zelem says the Reds must build on Sunday's record-breaking attendance, despite the disappointing final result.

We fell to a 3-1 defeat against Manchester City at Old Trafford, with Zelem scoring the only goal; a penalty in the first-half. 

Reflecting on the result, the midfielder recognises that the Reds need to harness the effort made by the fans and take that into future games at Old Trafford and Leigh Sports Village.

"I think the attendance is certainly a positive," she said. "We could hear them; loud.

"Especially towards the end of the game, they were cheering us on and for us that's something that we need to focus on; building the attendances at Leigh and building here."

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Due to the result, our no.10 did not want to take any delight in the goal she scored in the first half, stating that her side wanted to put on a better showing for the 43,615 fans inside the Theatre of Dreams.

"We wanted to put on the performance for them and, unfortunately, we couldn't do that," she added.

It was the most fans United Women have ever had for a home fixture, an occasion which sadly could not be topped-off with a win.

The Reds will now be looking to bounce back from this defeat in a few days time, with a Women's Continental League Cup fixture against Liverpool on 22 November, scheduled for a 19:00 GMT kick-off at Prenton Park.