The women’s team of Manchester United made their debut at Old Trafford on Saturday with a 2-0 victory over West Ham.
The team usually plays its home matches for the Women’s Super League at Leigh Sports Village, but moves to Old Trafford during the international break in the men’s game.
Teen striker Lauren James headed the ball into the net nearly four minutes after the break, and US international Kristen Press doubled the lead six minutes later with a 12-yard left-footed shot.
“A dream come true,” striker Jessica Sigsworth said on Twitter after the match. “From playing in the streets of Doncaster in my Man United kits as a young girl to playing in a dream theater where I supported some of my growing up idols … dreams come true, what a day.”
United men’s captain Harry Maguire tweeted: “A great victory for Old Trafford. We look forward to supporting you live soon, ”and goalkeeper David De Gea said,“ Making history! Congratulations! “
Tactically, manager Casey Stoney said her team played a careless first half “and I notified the players during the interval”.
She added: “But, of course, we all want to do it again and be a little better, in front of a big crowd, next time we’re here.”
The last time a women’s football match was played at Old Trafford was during the 2012 London Olympics, according to United’s program.
United are in third place, holding the last place for women in the Champions League.
Fans are not allowed in stadiums due to coronavirus restrictions. The government’s plan to ease restrictions could allow a limited number of spectators to return in early mid-May.
Also Saturday, the women’s North London derby was played for the second time at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Arsenal won 3-0 and are three points behind United. In 2019, the Tottenham-Arsenal match set a record for WSL attendance with 38,262 fans.