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Alessia Russo will return to face her former side Manchester United in the WSL

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Manchester United will host Arsenal in the second round of fixtures in the Women’s Super League at the Leigh Sports Village on Friday 6 October.

Arsenal suffered a shock home defeat to Liverpool in the first WSL game last weekend, after failing to reach the group stages of the Champions League last month.

It has been a rocky start to the season for Jonas Eidevall’s side, despite the talisman signing of Alessia Russo from Manchester United in the summer transfer window.

Manchester United – under Marc Skinner – won their first match against Aston Villa 2-1.

Follow all the action from the clash at Leigh Sports Village here:


WSL: Manchester United vs Arsenal

Here’s a look back at the summer transfer window:

As the women’s game in England continues to grow, so do transfer fees with one Women’s Super League manager describing this summer’s window as “wild” following plenty of big spending.

Fifa reported three million US dollars (£2.4m) was spent during the 2023 mid-year transfer window, which was double the amount (£983,000) that women’s clubs outlay across the globe in 2022.

While the spending in women’s football is far behind the sums chucked around in the men’s game, the past 12 months in particular has seen spending rise rapidly as more funds are used following a golden period for the Lionesses.

Women’s football sees ‘wild’ record transfer spending ahead of new WSL season

Baroness Sue Campbell, the FA director of women’s football, has promised some future limits on spending

WSL: Manchester United vs Arsenal

Jonas Eidevall’s Arsenal will be looking to show that their surprise defeat at home to Liverpool in front of a sold-out crowd during the WSL’s opening weekend was a blip.

Arsenal narrowly pipped Manchester City to third place last season, but just a few weeks after the World Cup final, their tired squad was unable to qualify for the Women’s Champions League group stage, and they were knocked out by Paris FC.

Manchester United finished second in the WSL last year, qualifying automatically for the group stages, and managed to win on the opening weekend.

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