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Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester United: Marc Skinner surprised by quality of team in WSL win

Manchester United manager Marc Skinner says he was surprised by the strength of his side's performance in their opening day Women's Super League victory over Aston Villa, despite needing a last-gasp winner to seal a comeback.

The Red Devils were 1-0 down with 14 minutes to go at Villa Park but eventually came away with a 2-1 win after Lucia Garcia and Rachel Williams scored following Rachel Daly's shock opener for the hosts.

Having added a plethora of new faces to his United squad this summer, including four signings on transfer deadline day, Skinner faced question marks over how quickly they would settle into the side, especially given the quality of their opening-day opponents.

Villa, who were down to 10 players after Kirsty Hanson's sending off in the second half, were their usual resilient selves and made clear that they could be capable of disrupting the traditional top four this season.
Emma Sanders