Man City’s Caroline Weir scored a stunning chip against Man United –– reminiscent of the one she scored against the Red Devils last year.
Weir has developed a reputation for scoring wonder goals against United. In 2019, she hammered home the inaugural Manchester derby goal from 25 yards out, while last season she executed a sumptuous chip to perfection.
Both goals were subsequently nominated for the FIFA Puskás Award, though neither ended up winning.
Today, Weir was the hero again, as she struck with 10 minutes to go to give Gareth Taylor’s side all three points and help City move within two points of their Manchester rivals.
While people have become accustomed to seeing Weir score against the Red Devils, it was the manner of her goal which was truly astonishing.
Weir once again attempted a chip, this time from slightly further out, and successfully lobbed the keeper once more.
It was almost a carbon copy of her goal against United last year and arguably even better.
The 26-year-old outmuscled Katie Zelem to win back possession for the home side and carried the ball 10 metres forwards. With four defenders in her way, Weir looked up, saw Mary Earps inches off her line and dinked the ball over her head.
What’s even more remarkable is that Weir had only been on the pitch for six minutes, having replaced Vicky Losada just moments before.
The goal once again underpinned Weir’s importance to this Man City side. The Scot signed for the Manchester club in 2018 and has now made more than 100 appearances for the team.
Her contract runs out at the end of this season and today’s display is further proof that Gareth Taylor needs to do all in his power to secure her services long-term.
City’s win keeps them fifth in the Women’s Super League table but crucially moves them to within two points of a Champions League spot.
There are just three points separating four teams between third and sixth at present, and this season’s European race looks certain to go down to the wire.