Reds on target during opening November internationals

Saturday 12 November 2022 09:57

Ella Toone and Adriana Leon scored for their countries in impressive victories on Friday evening, underlining a great start to the international break for many of the 14 Manchester United Women players called up.

We sit third in the Women’s Super League table after a fantastic five wins in six games, with our only loss coming last time out against Chelsea.

The international break is a great opportunity to reset as many of Marc Skinner’s squad forge their path for their nations across the globe.

Here’s a rundown of what’s happened so far, and what’s to come…


Toone, Alessia Russo and Mary Earps were named in Sarina Wiegman’s starting line-up for the clash with Japan. England were forced to work hard to break down the Japanese defence, but once the Lionesses scored, the flood gates opened in a 4-0 win.

Toone netted the third with a lovely left-footed finish in the second half, having previously tested Japan goalkeeper Ayaka Yamashita from long range. Russo hit the post and led the line with constant threat. Earps wasn’t troubled too often but did make a couple of good saves to keep a second successive clean sheet.

Nikita Parris and Katie Zelem entered proceedings with the game wrapped up inside the last 10 minutes, while Maya Le Tissier will have to wait for her senior debut after remaining on the bench.


Adriana Leon scored a stunning winner in Canada's 2-1 victory over Brazil. Perched on the edge of Brazil’s area from a corner, Leon brilliantly volleyed home after the South American side failed to clear. Our summer signing played just over an hour for an impressive Canadian unit that are now unbeaten in five matches.

Speaking to her nation's official media channels after the match, and ahead of a second meeting with Brazil on Tuesday, Adriana said: “I think the challenge is to put back-to-back performances for us, keep the winning streak going.

"Brazil’s a great team so it’s going to be tough to get another win out of them but we’ll make sure we bring the energy and we’ll be ready to play.”


Maria Thorisdottir and Vilde Boe Risa remained on the bench for Norway’s 2-1 defeat to France. The experienced internationals boast over a 100 caps between them and may get the opportunity to impress against England on Tuesday in what should be a quality battle at the Pinatar Arena in Murcia.



United's Kirsty Hanson and Martha Thomas have been called up to the Scotland squad but we may have to wait until Monday's friendly with Venezuela to see them in action. That's because both Scotland and Panama are preparing to field under-23s sides for today's fixture.


There’s strong Reds representation in the Welsh ranks ahead of the match with Finland (18:30 GMT KO). Hayley Ladd, Carrie Jones, Chloe Williams, and Safia Middleton-Patel joined up with the squad in Murcia as Wales look to register a positive result in their latest friendly outing.

Ella Toone signs contract extension


The midfielder has committed to Manchester United Women until 2026.



Scotland v Panama (18:00 GMT)
Wales v Finland (18:30 GMT)


Scotland v Venezuela (18:00 GMT)


Brazil v Canada (18:15 GMT)
England v Norway (19:00 GMT)