Manchester United 2-0 West Ham: teenager Lauren James scores in historic Old Trafford win

Manchester United 2-0 West Ham: teenager Lauren James scores in historic Old Trafford win

Lauren James got her first call to the England senior squad this season

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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 27Ears
  • 3Thorisdottir
  • 4TurnerBooked at 61 minutes
  • 21Turner
  • 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


  • 2Harris
  • 9Sigsworth
  • 12Ladd
  • 18Hanson
  • 19Ross
  • 20Black-smith
  • 22Bentley
  • 28Jones
  • 32Bourne

West Ham Women

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 18Brosnan
  • 22Fisk
  • 5Flaherty
  • 26CousinBooked at 77 minutes
  • 2Kvamme rougeâtreReplaced byBarkerat 89 ‘minutes
  • 12Longhurst
  • 32BrynjarsdóttirReplaced byCissokoat 84 ‘minutes
  • dixScroll
  • 21DaliReplaced byMustafaat 88 ‘minutes
  • 25van Egmond
  • 9ThomasReplaced byPachecoat 78 ‘minutes


  • 3Pacheco
  • 11Mustafa
  • 16Ramsey
  • 23Cissoko
  • 27Barker
  • 41Denton

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