Teenage Lauren James scored as Manchester United defeated struggling West Ham on a historic day that saw Old Trafford host a Women’s Super League game for the first time.
James, 19, rose to return Maria Thorisdottir’s header from a corner to make it 1-0 just after the break.
US forward Christen Press struck in a second after being dismissed by Jackie Groenen six minutes later.
United, who usually play at Leigh Sports Village, sit third in the table.
James, one of England’s most promising youngsters, was excellent in the first half and was rewarded for her fine performance when she became the first woman to score at Old Trafford just five minutes after the restart.
She displayed skill, intelligence and pace throughout, closing in again in the second half when her curling strike passed the right post.
But before James broke the deadlock, the hosts struggled to break down West Ham, which remains bottom of the table and winless in seven WSL games.
The press had the opportunity to score and fizzed twice in the six-yard zone, which both James and midfielder Ella Toone missed.
Neglect in possession almost proved to be costly for the hosts too as West Ham’s Martha Thomas, Kenza Dali and Dagny Brynjarsdottir all had chances to fall behind in the first half after receiving the ball.
The Hammers were forced to pay for not taking their chance, as James and Press provided the clinical advantage Manchester United had desired, before Laura Vetterlein’s dispatch – the result of a second booking – returned the life even more difficult for visitors in the final stages.
The result leaves Casey Stoney’s side six points above Arsenal, who will face north London rivals Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium later on Saturday (3.30pm GMT).
West Ham are a point below Bristol City, who will face relegation rivals Birmingham City on Sunday (16:00 GMT).
Man Utd Women
- 4TurnerBooked at 61 minutes
- 17MayorBooked at 67 minutesReplaced byHarrisat 74 ‘minutes
- 14Green vegetables
- dixZelemReplaced byLaddat 65 ‘minutesBooked at 90 minutes
- 7To one
- 37StaniforthReplaced byHansonat 66 ‘minutes
- 16JamesReplaced byRossat 84 ‘minutes
- 24hurryReplaced bySigsworthat 84 ‘minutesBooked at 90 minutes
West Ham Women
- 26CousinBooked at 77 minutes
- 2Kvamme rougeâtreReplaced byBarkerat 89 ‘minutes
- 32BrynjarsdóttirReplaced byCissokoat 84 ‘minutes
- 21DaliReplaced byMustafaat 88 ‘minutes
- 25van Egmond
- 9ThomasReplaced byPachecoat 78 ‘minutes
Le match se termine, Manchester United Women 2, West Ham United Women 0.
Second Half ends, Manchester United Women 2, West Ham United Women 0.
Failed attempt. Mayumi Pacheco (West Ham United Women) header from the center of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kate Longhurst following a free kick situation.
Hayley Ladd (Manchester United Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Faute de Hayley Ladd (Manchester United Women).
Gilly Flaherty (West Ham United Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Maria Thorisdottir (Manchester United Women).
Katerina Svitková (West Ham United Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Failed attempt. Kirsty Hanson (Manchester United Women) left footed shot from the center of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ella Toone.
Offside, Manchester United Women. Jane Ross tries a through ball, but Jackie Groenen is caught offside.
Failed attempt. Ella Toone (Manchester United Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jessica Sigsworth.
Jessica Sigsworth (Manchester United Women) is shown a yellow card for a bad play.
Faute de Jessica Sigsworth (Manchester United Women).
Mayumi Pacheco (West Ham United Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Failed attempt. Maisy Barker (West Ham United Women) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gilly Flaherty following a corner kick.
Corner, United Women of West Ham. Corner, Chile.Conceded by Maria Thorisdottir.
Faute de Amy Turner (Manchester United Women).
Nor Mustafa (West Ham United Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Failed attempt. Millie Turner (Manchester United Women) header from the center of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ella Toone with a cross after a corner.
Substitution, West Ham United Women. Maisy Barker replaces Cecilie Redisch Kvamme.