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Manchester United coach Casey Stoney was left lamenting her team’s defense following their 3-0 loss to rivals Manchester City on Friday night.
Having conceded twice from set pieces during last weekend’s surprise loss to Reading, United were once again outscored by a corner when Lucy Bronze gave City a 1-0 lead in the first half.
The Red Devils then failed to clear and got into trouble in preparation for Lauren Hemp to double City’s lead, before Caroline Weir closed the win with a wonderful goal.
“If you don’t get the basics right, they are going to punish you,” Stoney told the United official.Twitter account full time. “Another set piece, poor second phase; you have to be more willing to go and win the ball than they did. They were more willing to win the ball in our area, which is disappointing, that should never happen.
“Second goal, we nodded to them in our defensive phase and put them back on the attack, and indeed we probably should have defended the first phase better.
“And in the third goal we didn’t secure the ball – listen, it’s a great shot, you can’t take anything off the shot but I don’t think we got the basics right.”
“Many lessons for us, but that does not change our ambitions to finish in the top three. Let’s not forget that we never had any aspiration to win the title since the beginning of the season, but qualification for the Champions League is still a long way off. . Our hands. “
Leah Galton had a half chance for United in the first half, but chose to cross rather than go for the goal herself, while Christen Press was thwarted twice by Ellie Roebuck in the second half, and Stoney regretted the decision to your team in possession.
“We made the wrong decisions when we had the ball, and in the end the game has escaped us,” he added (via FA.com). “We didn’t push hard enough, but I won’t use cold weather or conditions as an excuse for that.
“However, it is about the need to improve. That finishing touch, that final ball, it wasn’t good enough tonight. “