Man Utd Women's record at Old Trafford

Jamie Spencer
Man Utd Women first played at Old Trafford in 2021
Man Utd Women first played at Old Trafford in 2021 / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Manchester United Women play the majority of their home games at Leigh Sports Village, a top facility with a 12,000 capacity on the western outskirts of Greater Manchester.

The first-team was reformed in 2018, 13 years after the club had decided to focus solely on youth operations. But after surging through the Women's Championship in their debut year, any hopes of an Old Trafford showpiece were put on hold by the Covid-forced cancellation of the 2019/20 season.

United eventually made their debut at Old Trafford in 2021 and have been back each campaign since.

Man Utd 2-0 West Ham, 27 March 2021

Jackie Groenen
No fans could attend Man Utd's first Old Trafford game / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

The first time the United's women team played at Old Trafford was a bizarre and subdued affair given that Covid-19 restrictions meant it had to be staged behind closed doors with no fans in the vast empty stands.

On the pitch, at least, it was a great success. Casey Stoney's United had too much for a West Ham side that was bottom of the WSL at that point.

After a goal-less first half, Lauren James eventually made the breakthrough soon after the interval. USWNT star Christen Press got the second quickly after, one of the main highlights of her brief time in Manchester.

Man Utd: Earps; Thorisdottir, A. Turner, M. Turner, Batlle (Harris 74'); Zelem (Ladd 65'), Groenen; Toone, Staniforth (Hanson 66'), James (Ross 84'); Press (Sigsworth 84')

Scorers: James 49', Press 55' (Man Utd)

Man Utd 3-1 Everton, 27 March 2022

Alessia Russo had a day to remember in March 2022
Alessia Russo had a day to remember in March 2022 / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

A new-look United returned to Old Trafford exactly one year after the West Ham game. With Covid-19 restrictions lifted, more than 20,000 supporters were in attendance to see their team beat Everton.

It was actually the Toffees who scored first in this one, with Claire Emslie silencing the stadium just a few minutes after kick-off.

But Alessia Russo, who had been sidelined the previous season through injury, sparked the comeback and scored twice either side of a Katie Zelem penalty to secure a momentous win.

Man Utd: Earps; Batlle, Ladd, Thorisdottir, Blundell; Zelem, Groenen (Moore 82'); Thomas (Hanson 72'), Toone (Boe Risa 89'), Galton; Russo (Bruun 89')

Scorers: Emslie 4' (Everton), Russo 35' 84', Zelem 54' pen (Man Utd)

Man Utd 5-0 Aston Villa, 3 December 2022

Man Utd made light work of Aston Villa
Man Utd made light work of Aston Villa / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

Having developed under Marc Skinner, United returned to Old Trafford in December 2022 in outstanding form. They had won six out of seven games at the start of the WSL season and went into the game off the back of a landmark victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

A decent Aston Villa side proved no match for a rampant United that, with the hosts taking the lead through Katie Zelem only 13 minutes into the game.

Skinner's side targeted the space in wide areas to stretch a Villa team that had previously caused them problems, with further excellent goals coming from Leah Galton, Alessia Russo, Ona Batlle and Rachel Williams - Batlle's rocket in off the woodwork was the pick of the bunch.

Man Utd: Earps; Batlle, Le Tissier, M. Turner, Blundell; Zelem, Ladd; Parris (Thomas 63'), Toone (Williams 85'), Galton (Boe Risa 85'); Russo (Garcia 77')

Scorers: Zelem 13', Galton 28', Russo 51', Battle 76', Williams 90+3' (Man Utd)

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