Earps: We know what our aspirations are
Manchester United Women's goalkeeper Mary Earps insists the sky is the limit for the Reds this season.
Marc Skinner's side were in red-hot form at the Theatre of Dreams on Saturday afternoon, successfully seeing off Aston Villa 5-0 in the WSL.
While five different goalscorers netted in our triumph over the Lions, Earps was also in superb form, recording her sixth clean sheet of the season in the process.
Praising our stunning start to the campaign, the 29-year-old believes United have enough quality to challenge the division's biggest and best sides.
''I mean I hope so as I hope it's not an upset,'' responded Mary, when quizzed on whether the result means more shocks are to come.
''We are a good enough team where it shouldn't be a surprise and I think that is the level we are building towards and we know what our aspirations are.
''We need to do our talking on the pitch and it's obviously tough to keep climbing the table as this league is very difficult, but we need to just keep getting points on the board and do our absolute best. Hopefully we will be right up there at the end of the season.''
Earps has continued to build on her stunning summer form for the Lionesses this term, and has been pivotal to the success of Skinner's side so far.
Having only conceded a mere five goals in the WSL this season, the former Reading shot-stopper has cemented her name as one of the first on the United teamsheet.
Citing strong recruitment and positive team morale, Mary is adamant that something feels different for the Reds this year.
''I think for the first team since I have been at United, this is the first time we have had a really strong team and the depth as well,'' she added.
''We now have different options coming off the bench and different options to start the game, with everyone in there possessing different strengths, they can all do something different.
''That is obviously a real threat when we are trying to achieve what we are.
''We want to get into the top three and challenge for Champions League football, and achieve in Europe as well. Brilliant from the girls and long may it continue.''
The Reds will also be at home this coming Wednesday evening, 7 December, but this time at Leigh Sports Village.
Tickets for the Continental Tyres League Cup tie against Everton, which kicks off at 19:00 GMT, are still available online from manutd.com/tickets.