Skinner: We should have won that game

Monday 04 March 2024 11:36

Manchester United Women manager Marc Skinner was disappointed his players did not take their chances in Sunday's 1-1 draw away to West Ham United.

A late goal from Vivianne Asseyi cancelled out Rachel Williams’s fourth-minute strike so the sides shared the points.

It looked like the Reds were going to win the game when Williams stepped up again in injury time but her attempt went just wide of Mackenzie Arnold’s goal.

Skinner spoke to the press about the disappointment, the elements we can learn from, and why he thinks Williams is a fantastic ambassador for the women's game.

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“We should have won the game. We've had enough chances to win the game - enough clearcut chances, not even half-chances. We'll be disappointed to have dropped two points. We should win the game.

“I know my players will be in there thinking that we've had enough good chances to win that game. We've allowed two or three counter-attacks against us and they've scored with one. That's the game.

“We knew West Ham were going to set up like that, but you still have to defend it.”


“[Our goal] was forced. It's a forced error. That's the whole reason we tried - we knew that we could get all over West Ham's defence in their build-up so we pressed high and got the opportunity. But then it's nothing if you don't capitalise on the opportunities we create.

“If we stood here and it was 1-1 after we smashed and grabbed, it feels different. 

“But it hurts a little bit because we've created enough chances to win it.”

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“We'll be disappointed with the equaliser. We've got enough numbers to deal with it - it's a counter-attack.

“The issue is obviously on this field, you can play one ball and can be on the back line. You have to concentrate. I felt that we allowed them to zip past and they've created a chance and taken it. It's a great finish, but we'll be disappointed.

“The group in there will be disappointed with the goal we conceded, and not scoring the chances we created. So we've got to win that game.”

Rachel Williams celebrates after putting the Reds ahead.


“[Rachel] is a fantastic ambassador for women's football, fantastic for not only Manchester United, but every team she's played for. She'll be the first one to reflect and say she wants to win the game in the final minutes.

“She's a Hall of Famer for sure, in my opinion, for women's football, especially in England. She's done it at every club she's been at.

“She's a fantastic ambassador for, not only how you should be as a footballer, but also as a person. I can't speak highly enough of her. But of course, we'd want to win the game with that chance.”