Kirsty Hanson and Martha Thomas

Hanson: I’ve missed that roar when we score

Saturday 04 September 2021 14:48

Manchester United winger Kirsty Hanson took the opportunity to praise the support from the stands after we kicked off the new Women's Super League season with victory over Reading on Friday.

The fans returned to the team’s Leigh Sports Village home for the first time since January 2020 and just before half-time, they had their first goal to cheer, when Hanson opened our account for the campaign. 

Ona Batlle doubled the advantage after the break to ensure that we would start 2021/22 with a 2-0 win and all three points on home soil. 
Hanson: The fans were brilliant Video

Hanson: The fans were brilliant

After our opening-night win over Reading, Kirsty Hanson spoke about the impact of our returning supporters...

Speaking to MUTV’s Zarah Connolly after the game, Hanson explained what it felt like to have the ‘Barmy Army’ back in the stands for the visit of the Royals.

“Everything we did, they were cheering us,” our no.18 said. 

“We’ve missed the songs for each player, I had them in my head in the game!

“It’s just brilliant, that's what we needed. We missed that.”
The Scottish international found the net on seven occasions for United in 2020/21, but with no fans in the stadiums for any of those strikes, there is a fair chance that Hanson will have enjoyed her first of this campaign more than any of those, with a 2,000-strong cheer greeting her opener on 39 minutes.

“I was absolutely delighted, one-on-one with the ‘keeper, from a brilliant pass by Tooney [Ella Toone]. We’ve been working on it in training so we're delighted that paid off and it’s absolutely amazing to score that goal. 

“I’ve really missed that, just the roar and celebrating with the fans. We really missed that last season.”
Highlights: United Women 2 Reading 0 Video

Highlights: United Women 2 Reading 0

United Women took all three points from our WSL season opener on Friday evening...

The goal set United on the right track to record three points in our opening game of the Women’s Super League season. 

Hanson says it was an evening’s work well done with that in mind.

“That’s all we wanted to do, start off with the win, three points and obviously goals as well.

“That’s what we needed to do, and we just need to push on now.”