Leah Galton

Galton wins WSL Player of the Month award

Manchester United Women’s winger Leah Galton has been voted WSL Player of the Month for December 2020.

The winger put in three sensational showings last month as she helped the Reds maintain our place at the top of the table.

December began with a trip to Aston Villa, which was a tight and cagey affair against a defensively organised side.

Prior to our injury-time belter from Ella Toone, the Reds only found a way past the Villa defence once, when Galton’s well-placed finish beat Lisa Weiss in the 25th minute.

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The winger also opened the scoring a week later when we travelled to Reading. Her bullet of an effort just after the half-hour mark set us on our way to another three points, despite the Royals' equaliser in the second half.

Galton saved perhaps her best showing of the month for our last game of 2020, when she netted twice in a 6-1 demolition of Bristol City.

The 26-year-old’s first effort was divine, as she picked the ball up outside the area, dropped the shoulder to beat two Robins defenders, before checking back onto her left foot and smashing it in.

Her second goal of the game might have been even better. The winger wellied it in from the left flank, flashing the ball just over the head of the Bristol keeper, as Galton continued her own personal Goal-of-the-Month crusade, let alone Player of the Month.
Our no.11, who was part of our inaugural squad which claimed the Championship crown in 2019, hasn’t missed a league game this term for United and, as well as operating in her usual left-midfield berth, has also been drafted in to play at left-back on occasion.

Yet, with performances like those demonstrated in December, Galton is certainly stating her case to start every game in a more advanced role for Casey Stoney's side.

Head coach Casey also has reason to celebrate, after claiming the Manager of the Month accolade for December - her second consecutive success.

Leah is the third United player to win the WSL Player of the Month award, after Kirsty Hanson in October 2019 and Tobin Heath in November 2020.

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