Hanson: Our mentality is different this season

Monday 16 November 2020 17:14

Kirsty Hanson praised the performance of Manchester United Women on Saturday, after we drew 2-2 with Manchester City.

Casey Stoney’s side fought back from two goals behind in the WSL encounter, to emerge with a well-deserved point.

Speaking after the game, Hanson was keen to highlight the change in mentality at half-time, which resulted in the Reds’ spirited comeback.
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“Our first half wasn’t good, I think we just didn’t get our shape right and they were popping it around us,” Hanson, who was introduced at the break, told BT Sport. “It shows the squad depth we’ve got now because last season we probably couldn’t get back from that 2-0 [deficit] at half-time.”

“It shows we’ve got game-changers and our mentality is different this season; [we’re] so glad to get the point.”

After Saturday’s result, United remain top of the WSL table with 17 points from our first seven games. The Reds are one of only two teams yet to suffer defeat in the league this season, alongside Emma Hayes’s Chelsea.

Having taken five points from fixtures with last season’s top three - Chelsea, City and Arsenal - already in 2020/21, Hanson is optimistic for United’s chances in the title race this campaign.
“It shows that we’re fighting for the top three,” she said. “We want to get that Champions League spot this season and [with] the points we’re getting now, we’re showing we can do that. We just need to keep it up and hopefully every performance we just need to make it like it’s a cup final now.”

The Reds don’t have to wait long until we’re back in action, with Casey’s side facing Manchester City once again on Thursday, this time in the Continental League Cup.

Looking towards the clash, Hanson believes United know exactly what we need to do in order to improve on Saturday’s draw, and grab a derby-day victory.

“[It’s] another big game; we want to win that obviously. So, we need to switch around focus on what we did, on what our weaknesses are and how to fix them, and how to start off better on Thursday.”