Galton: It is a privilege to play at Old Trafford

Friday 24 March 2023 13:00

Manchester United forward Leah Galton is relishing the opportunity to play at Old Trafford for the second time this season.

Marc Skinner’s side welcomes West Ham to the Theatre of Dreams on Saturday 25 March, with kick-off scheduled for 17:30 GMT. 

Galton scored in the team's previous game at the stadium, emphatic 5-0 win over Aston Villa int December. And our no.11 believes nothing compares to playing in front of a big Old Trafford crowd. 

“You can’t compare anything to that, can you?” Galton told us. “Running out in front of those people screaming for you.

“I’d never done that before either, so that was a new memory for me. 

“It was just a proud moment as well to have my family and my fiancee in the crowd and just going out there and doing what I love.” 

Galton added: “It makes me realise how special and lucky it is to have the job we have. It’s just a blessing and a privilege to play at Old Trafford.”
This season alone, Galton has registered goals at Old Trafford, the Etihad and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and she admits the clubs' main stadiums give her extra impetus. 

“I love it,” she revealed in our exclusive interview.

“I don’t know what it does to me, but it just makes me want to put on a show and perform to my maximum potential – to annoy the crowd when we’re away and to make them enjoy it when we’re at home.

“It gives me a bit of extra ‘oomph’, I think!”

If Saturday wasn’t already special enough, it will also mark Galton’s 100th appearance for the club should she step out onto the pitch. Only three team-mates have previously reached that landmark figure – Ella Toone, captain Katie Zelem and most recently Millie Turner.

“It will be very special,” Leah said. “I’ve never done this anywhere else in my career before – it’s something you don’t do very often, is it?

“It’s nice as well because it’s the ‘originals’ that are hitting these marks now and it’s nice to be one of them.” 

If you want to be there for a potential landmark moment for Galton, tickets priced from just £10 and £5 are still available to buy at, and you can also pick up the matchday programme at Old Trafford where this interview features in its entirety.