Alessia Russo wins Barclays WSL player of the month for March

Jamie Spencer
Alessia Russo was the best player in the WSL in March
Alessia Russo was the best player in the WSL in March / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

Manchester United forward Alessia Russo has been named Barclays WSL player of the month for March in recognition of her outstanding performances.

Russo inspired her team to three wins from four during the month, taking 10 points from a possible 12 as they continue to fight for a Champions League qualifying place.

The 23-year-old scored four WSL goals in March, as well as registering an assist. She is also now the top scoring English player in the league going into Euro 2022.

Russo began the month with a goal in a 4-0 thrashing of Leicester that set United back on track after a difficult few weeks in February. She followed that up with a thunderous strike against Reading a week later and laid on what proved to be Leah Galton’s decisive goal.

Russo finished March by living out her dream at Old Trafford. She grew up supporting the club and scored two clinical headers as United came from behind to beat Everton on an historic day at the iconic stadium in front of more than 20,000 people.

The player actually had to be patient for her chance this season. Long-term injury had prematurely ended her 2020/21 campaign and extra care and caution was taken by United coaching and medical staff to ease her into things gently back in the autumn.

It frustrated Russo at the time because she was so keen to play but that more considered approach has reaped huge rewards in the longer-term.

“My job is to keep her focused, progressing everything she does, stay humble - she’s a really humble girl anyway,” United manager Marc Skinner recently said as he reflected on her rise.

“But you’ve not even seen half of it yet. This is her first season back from a really serious injury and I’ve been really pleased. Now, we’re at a point where we’re seeing the real Alessia Russo and I know there is so much more to come.”

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