Manchester United made light work of lowly Aston Villa to extend their lead at the top of the Women’s Super League after a 2-0 victory at Bescot Stadium.
The visitors took the lead after 25 minutes when Hayley Ladd played a perfectly weighted ball into the box for Leah Galton, who calmly slotted the ball into the bottom-left corner.
Former Arsenal youth player Lauren James almost doubled United’s lead as her powerful effort from the edge of the box clipped the underside of the crossbar.
United continued to push and wrapped up the points in the 89th minute after an error from Villa goalkeeper Lisa Weiss. Ella Toone sealed victory by lobbing Weiss, who was well off her line having rushed out to make a clearance, with a long-range effort from outside the box.
The result extends United’s unbeaten start to the campaign and they lead second-placed Arsenal by four points before Sunday’s action, while Villa sit two points off the bottom after just one win all season.