United Women international round-up

Saturday 15 July 2023 11:27

A handful of Manchester United players have been in action over the last week, as teams gear up for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Wales – which featured a quartet of Reds – headed Stateside to participate in the USA’s final game, the Americans travelled Down Under in search of a third consecutive world title. 

Scotland, meanwhile, were on home turf to host Northern Ireland in a friendly, with neither of these teams involved in the World Cup. 

There were also plenty of Reds representing in England and Canada’s behind-closed-doors friendly on Friday, as both of those nations are already based in Australia and New Zealand ready for next week’s tournament commencement. 
Hayley Ladd in action for Wales.
Wales were the first of the teams to take the stage and it was an all United centre-back pairing with Hayley Ladd lining up alongside Reds newcomer Gemma Evans at the back. Carrie Jones - who spent last term on loan to Leicester - started up top, while young goalkeeper Safia Middleton-Patel was an unused substitute. 

Ladd in particular was a standout performer across both sides, impressing in the central defence role as opposed to her usual midfield position with the club. 

They were subsequently undone by the reigning world champions towards the end, with second-half substitute Trinity Rodman netting a brace to see the USA off with a 2-0 win.  
Our English trio of Mary Earps, Ella Toone, and Katie Zelem came up against Canadian pair Jayde Riviere and Adriana Leon over in Australia, as the two nations stepped up their preparations for the tournament. 

Neither sides could be separated, playing out a 0-0 stalemate. 
Reds winger Kirsty Hanson impressed against Northern Ireland.
Two Reds - Martha Thomas and Kirsty Hanson - were involved as Scotland put three past Northern Ireland. 

Erin Cuthbert opened the scoring, assisted by Emma Watson, before new Bayern Munich recruit Sam Kerr doubled their tally soon after. 

Our very own no.9 concluded the seven-minute flurry of goals, adding Scotland’s third following excellent work down the left from Hanson to set up the finish. 

Scotland are in action once more in this international break, facing Finland on 18 July in a 17:00 BST kick-off.