Internationals: United Women trio on target

Monday 05 September 2022 11:54

Three players from Manchester United Women's team - Alessia Russo, Nikita Parris and Adriana Leon - were all on the scoresheet for their respective nations this weekend.

Parris and Russo were among five Reds who reported for England duty as Sarina Wiegman's squad were reunited over a month on from their Euro 2022 triumph. 

Russo, who scored four goals for the Lionesses over the summer, was on target once again inside 10 minutes with a clinical finish to help her side see off Austria.


With 20 minutes to go, Parris - who joined United last month - bagged the second goal of the 2-0 win with an emphatic finish. 

Mary Earps was back between the sticks for England, and her clean sheet helped them book their place at the 2023 World Cup.

Meanwhile, Ella Toone started the game against Austria and Katie Zelem was an unused substitute.

Our Olympic goal medallist, Adriana Leon, was pivotal in Canada's 1-0 win over Australia in Brisbane on Saturday. 

One of United's summer signings, Leon scored a thunderous strike from outside of the area and earned Player of the Match plaudits for her efforts. 


Adriana Leon celebrates her goal for Canada.
Elsewhere, two of our internationals went head to head as the Netherlands faced Scotland on Friday. 

Both Martha Thomas (Scotland) and Jackie Groenen (Netherlands) started the game, in which the Dutch side triumphed 2-1 thanks to a late winner. The Reds pair were both substituted around the hour mark. 

United's most recent recruit, Aissatou Tounkara, was in action for France as they beat Estonia 9-0 away. Our centre-back played 90 minutes and helped her side to keep a clean sheet. 

United Women sign Aissatou Tounkara


The French international joins the Reds following four seasons with Atletico Madrid.

Hayley Ladd laced up her boots to represent Wales as they narrowly beat Greece 1-0. 

Ladd, who dropped deeper to play centre-back instead of her usual midfield role, helped the Welsh keep a clean sheet. 

Carrie Jones, our Academy player on loan at Leicester City, scored the only goal of that game. 


The last round of fixtures for this international break will conclude on Tuesday 6 September, with 12 Reds in contention to play.

Our players will then return to the club as we look ahead to our opening game of the new Women's Super League campaign, away to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday 10 September. 

A week after that, we bring the action to our home ground of Leigh Sports Village on Saturday 17 September when we take on Reading. Tickets for that fixture are now on sale here.