Man United: Alessia Russo scores two brilliant headers at Old Trafford

Alessia Russo scored two brilliant headers at Old Trafford as Manchester United defeated Everton 3-1 in the Women’s Super League.

The Red Devils came from behind to triumph after Claire Emslie gave the Toffees a shock lead in the third minute.

The winger was set free down the left hand side of the pitch, bursting forward before cooly slotting the ball home past goalkeeper Mary Earps.

Manchester United searched for an equaliser for the next 30 minutes before Russo scored her first header of the match, a fantastic looping effort from an Ona Batlle cross.

The score was level as the teams went into the break, but the Red Devils were awarded a penalty soon after the restart after Martha Thomas was fouled by Lucy Graham.

Katie Zelem converted from the spot, putting the hosts into the lead for the first time.

Russo was then back on the scoresheet, grabbing yet another headed goal in the 84th minute.

“What a day,” the 23-year-old told Sky Sports. “Three points was on the agenda and doing that was amazing. The two headers was a bonus. To play in front of all our friends and family was really special.

“We knew Everton are a top side and pose a threat going forward. We knew we had to be resilient and we rode the game out well. We are happy to take the three points and go into next weekend.

“All we have to focus on is taking points from all the games left. We want to score all the goals we can and we pride ourselves on clean sheets.”

In total, 20,241 were in the crowd at Old Trafford, the largest attendance of this WSL season so far.

It is also the largest attendance at a Manchester United Women’s game of all time, far surpassing the record of 4,835 set in 2018.

England manager Sarina Wiegman was among those in the crowd at Old Trafford, and she would have been impressed by Russo’s display.

The striker has four caps for the Lionesses so far and will be hopeful of leading the line at Euro 2022 this summer.

For now, she will be focused on helping her side finish third in the WSL. Manchester United are currently in a race with Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur for the final Champions League spot.

The Red Devils are three points ahead of City, but with a game in hand. They are seven points in front of Tottenham Hotspur, but with two games in hand.

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