Millie Turner own goal
Jill Roord’s shot took a big deflection off Millie Turner (centre) to put Arsenal in front

Arsenal boosted their hopes of a Champions League place next season by beating top-three rivals Manchester United in the Women’s Super League.

Jill Roord’s strike took a deflection off United defender Millie Turner to give the Gunners a third-minute lead.

Lotte Wubben-Moy headed in after the break to double the lead, but Arsenal had to see out the game with 10 players after Beth Mead was sent off.

United stay third in the table and Arsenal are three points behind.

However, the fourth-placed Gunners have a game in hand.

Defeat all but ends United’s chances of challenging top two Chelsea and Manchester City for the WSL title as they are nine points behind the leaders with five fixtures left.

The battle for a place in the top three and a European campaign in 2021-22 now appears to be between Arsenal and Manchester United, with fifth-placed Everton 10 points behind United.

They dominated possession after going behind, but lacked a cutting edge in front of goal, with Lauren James and Christen Press both guilty of missing decent opportunities.

Wubben-Moy’s thumping header early in the second half gave the Gunners a cushion before Mead’s second yellow card for a lunge on Lucy Staniforth made for a nervy final 30 minutes.

Arsenal’s next match is the north London derby against Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday, 27 March, while Manchester United host struggling West Ham on the same day.

Line-ups

Arsenal Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Zinsberger
  • 16Maritz
  • 3Wubben-Moy
  • 13WältiBooked at 79mins
  • 15McCabeBooked at 31mins
  • 10LittleSubstituted forPattenat 86′minutes
  • 14RoordSubstituted forGutat 82′minutes
  • 7van de DonkSubstituted forNobbsat 86′minutes
  • 9MeadBooked at 62mins
  • 11MiedemaSubstituted forEvansat 90+1′minutes
  • 19Foord

Substitutes

  • 4Patten
  • 8Nobbs
  • 17Evans
  • 18Williams
  • 20Maier
  • 21Gut
  • 24Stenson

Man Utd Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 27Earps
  • 2Harris
  • 4Turner
  • 21Turner
  • 17Batlle
  • 10Zelem
  • 14GroenenSubstituted forLaddat 82′minutes
  • 7Toone
  • 37Staniforth
  • 16JamesSubstituted forSigsworthat 62′minutes
  • 24Press

Substitutes

  • 3Thorisdottir
  • 9Sigsworth
  • 12Ladd
  • 18Hanson
  • 19Ross
  • 20Smith
  • 22Bentley
  • 28Jones
  • 32Bourne

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