Manchester City took second place in the women’s Super League standings after a convincing derby against rival Manchester United.
Defender Lucy Bronze put City ahead with a free kick in the first half and Lauren Hemp scored 2-0 after the break.
Carolina Weir added a sensational third goal with a stunning shot from 20 yards.
The victory leaves City two points behind leaders Chelsea.
City, who faced the Blues at the Academy Stadium in April, extended its winning streak to seven consecutive games and deservedly picked up three points on a chilly evening in Manchester.
This defeat is the second WSL defeat in a row, following Reading’s 2-0 defeat last weekend, and they dropped to third place after playing more than their first two games.
The first half was relatively quiet, with United midfielder Hayley Ladd shooting on goal and City forward Ellen White shooting directly at goalkeeper Mary Earps.
United wasn’t really dangerous in the second half either, although Kristen Press and Kirsty Hanson, who replaced the injured Leah Galton, continued to create danger.
City took control, however, and after defender Amy Turner deflected a shot from Hemp under the crossbar, they began to dominate.
England international Chloe Kelly made several saves on Earps and Georgia Stanway rebounded a shot from the edge of the box just wide of the line before Weir scored City’s third goal.
Weir aimed for an impressive distance shot, similar to the one she hit in her first WSL derby win over Manchester at Etihad Stadium in 2019.
The win puts City in a strong position ahead of the final stages of a thrilling title race between Chelsea and United, while Arsenal have fallen back to fourth place after defeats against City and Chelsea.
The answer is, “We still have a lot to learn.”
Manchester City boss Gareth Taylor picked up six points from key games against Arsenal and Manchester United: “It’s incredible, I’m not going to lie.
“I said before these two games that they will be very important for what happens [this season].
But there’s still a lot of soccer ahead of us and I think if we’d had a negative result today, with the game we played against United, I’d probably still be speaking positively.
“I think there are still some twists and turns, we have to be careful, focus on what we are doing and keep taking things game by game. And that’s it.
Casey Stoney, Manchester United manager: “It’s bitterly disappointing to come here and miss what I thought were three avoidable goals and not create much.
“We have to learn very quickly that if you don’t do the basics at this level, you will be punished.”
“Sometimes we turned over too easily. We played in the wrong places and made the wrong decisions on the ball, so we still have a lot to learn.
“We’ve been given five [goals] against in two [games], if you want to win the title you can’t do that.
“Qualification for the Champions League is still in our hands and that has always been our goal.
Man City Women
Formation of a 4-3-3
- 27Compartment Greenwood at 59 min.
- 10 Stanway
- 24 Walsh.
- 19 We replace the chamber after 90 minutes
- 18WhiteReplaced by Lavellein 85’minutes
Men LLC Women
- 12LaddBooked for 28minutesSwitched for Sigsworth 70’MinutesBooked for 90minutes
- 7A change in Fusoat 88’minutes
- 11GaltonSubstitution of Gansonath 45’Min.
- 18 Hanson
- 28 Jones
- 32 Born
- The match is over, Manchester City Women 3, Manchester United Women 0.
- End of second half, Manchester City Women 3, Manchester United Women 0.
- Jessica Sigsworth (Manchester United Women) has been booked for foul play.
- Alex Greenwood (Manchester City Women) is awarded a free kick on the opponent’s half.
- Jessica Sigsworth (Manchester United Women) is penalized after committing a foul.
- Substitution, Manchester Women. Laura Coombs replaces Caroline Weir.
- Substitution : Manchester United Women. Ivana Fuso replaces Ella Thune.
- Offside line, Manchester United Women. Katie Zelem tries a deep pass, but Kristen Press is offside.
- Substitution, Manchester Women. Rosa Lavelle replaces Ellen White.
- Goal: Manchester City Women 3, Manchester United Women 0. Caroline Weir (Manchester City Women) fired a shot from the top left corner into the top right corner with her left.
- Attempted save. Lauren Hemp (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from the center of the box misses the center of the goal. Assisted by Ellen White.
- One attempt missed. Maria Thorisdottir’s (Manchester United Women) header from the center of the box is missed on the right side. Katie Zelem delivers a cross from outside the box.
- Corner, the women of Manchester United. Sold to Ellie Roebuck.
- Attempted save. Kristen Press (Manchester United Women) shoots in from the bottom left corner with her left foot to the penalty area. Assisted by Kirsty Hanson with a through ball.
- Attempted save. Caroline Weir (Manchester City Women) shoots with her right foot from the center of the box and misses the center of the goal. Chloe Kelly helps deliver a cross.
- Corner, Manchester City Women. Go to Amy Turner.
- Attempt blocked. Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women) sees one of his shots blocked on the edge of the box. Assisted by Lauren Hemp.
- Kiera Walsh (Manchester City Women) is awarded a free kick on the opponent’s half.
- Offence by Ona Battle (Manchester United Women).
- Corner, the women of Manchester City. Authorized by Ona Battle.
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