Reds nominated for WSL awards

Tuesday 10 May 2022 13:00

Three Manchester United players have been named among the shortlists for the Women's Super League’s end-of-season awards.

Midfielder Ella Toone has had her 2021/22 league contributions recognised by being listed as one of nine nominees for the Barclays WSL Player of the Season prize. 

Voting is open, and you can back our no.7 here after an impressive campaign for Marc Skinner’s side. 

Also up for the accolade are: Jess Carter (Chelsea), Alex Greenwood (Manchester City), Lauren Hemp (Manchester City), Sam Kerr (Chelsea), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal), Ashleigh Neville (Tottenham Hotspur) and Guro Reiten (Chelsea). 


Ella tallied up seven league goals in total this season, while her eight assists are bettered by no other player in the league. 

The 22-year-old also featured in every single one of our WSL matches this term as the Reds narrowly missed out on a Champions League berth on the final day of the campaign.
Toone’s campaign got off to a fast start as she set up both of our goals in a 2-0 win over Reading on the opening night, before opening her own account with a thunderous strike away to Leicester City just over a week later. 

She didn’t look back and was on particularly good form during a perfect month for United in December, picking up the league’s Player of the Month award as a result. 

It has been an achievement-ladened season for Toone, who has reached a century of senior games for her hometown club, while also signing a new contract here until 2025. She has also made her first start for England and registered two hat-tricks while playing for the Lionesses. 

Ton-up for Toone


Ella Toone became the first ever United Women player to reach 100 appearances in Sunday's win over Brighton.

Elsewhere, two of United Women’s stand-out goalscoring efforts have been shortlisted among the nominees for the Barclays WSL Goal of the Season award. 

Alessia Russo’s determined solo run against Tottenham Hotspur in November makes the list. Our top scorer for the campaign superbly weaved her way past two challenges before powering into the roof of the net from a tight angle. 
Highlights: Spurs 1 United Women 1 Video

Highlights: Spurs 1 United Women 1

See a stunning strike from Alessia Russo and the rest of the highlights from Sunday's WSL draw at Tottenham...

That strike was a worthy winner of its respective Goal of the Month crown, as was the other United effort that it is joined by on this list: Katie Zelem’s second ‘Olimpico’ versus Leicester City in March. 

Having scored direct from a corner just moments earlier at Leigh Sports Village, our captain remarkably did the same again - and for the third time in two matches - with her inswinging delivery beating everyone in the box on its way in.
Highlights: United Women v Leicester City Video

Highlights: United Women v Leicester City

Watch highlights from the Reds’ meeting with the Foxes, including two spectacular goals…

Just like for the Player of the Season accolade, voting for the goalscoring prize is now open and can be done here, where the other seven nominated efforts can also be found. 

They are as follows: Pernille Harder (Manchester United v CHELSEA), Katie McCabe (Aston Villa v ARSENAL), Georgia Stanway (Birmingham City v MANCHESTER CITY), Natasha Dowie (READING v Leicester City), Caroline Weir (MANCHESTER CITY v Manchester United), Yui Hasegawa (Reading v WEST HAM UNITED) and Sam Kerr (CHELSEA v MANCHESTER UNITED). 

You have until 11:00 BST on Friday 13 May to back our Reds in the respective categories, while the winners will be announced in due course, after the deadline. 

Good luck to Ella, Alessia and Katie, and congratulations on your nominations.