Maya Le Tissier against Man City

Le Tissier: We've come a long way as a team

Monday 12 December 2022 07:40

Manchester United Women defender Maya Le Tissier believes the team's 'disappointment' with a draw at City is testament to how far we've come this season.

Leah Galton opened the scoring for the Reds in the first half, but her goal was cancelled out by Laura Coombs' equaliser after half-time. 

Following the draw, which could have gone either way, Le Tissier told club media that Skinner's side wanted more than just a point from the derby. 

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"[We're] gutted," she said. "It's just one of those games where we think we've done enough to win the game but of course they're a great side.

"Credit to them, they made it hard for us, but we're gutted. 

"It just shows how far the team's come that we're gutted with a 1-1 draw to City, but it's a game that we wanted to win."

Our no.15 believes the mentality shown by United shows how much Marc Skinner's side has grown this year, with the defender having joined the club in the summer.

"We've come a long way as a team," she continued. "I know [we've] done so much work behind the scenes and coming into this season we've had a really strong start. 

"Credit to all the staff and all the players. We've all pulled together and we've got a really strong winning mentality now that we want to go and win every game, not just the odd few. 

"I think that's credit to us."

City 1 United Women 1


Manchester United earn a point away from home against our local rivals.

The second half was very open, with both sides pushing for all three points. Le Tissier explained how she wanted the Reds to exploit spaces in City's backline more, but still maintained that she felt the Reds had done enough to get the win at the Etihad Stadium.

"We knew they were going to come out hard and press a little bit higher," she said of the start of the second period, at which point United had a one-goal lead.

"It was important to find the right spaces where we could try and keep them at bay. They've got some great players, of course, but we thought we did enough to win the game.

"With them going a bit higher it creates more space in the pockets and in behind as well, we could have used that a little bit better, but I think we created enough chances to win the game." 

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But despite her initial disappointment, our centre-back still believes there are still plenty of positives to take from the draw. 

"Our focus now is to just keep on working in training getting three points every game," she said.

"[We have] one more game before Christmas and I think we'll do everything we can to win that game and then start again in the new year. But I think we've had good, strong start."