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Skinner urges Red Devils to attack ruthlessly after Man United see off Brighton in top-three battle

MARC SKINNER wants Manchester United to ramp up their ruthlessness in front of goal after a 2-0 win on the road.

Strikes from Hayley Ladd and Vilde Boe Risa have seen the visitors chilled by Brighton in Crawley – easing the pressure on the Leigh Park Village boss.

Manchester United's Marc Skinner has dispatched Brighton after their four-game winless streak

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Manchester United’s Marc Skinner has dispatched Brighton after their four-game winless streakCredit: Alamy
United are two points behind Tottenham, who finished third after beating Aston Villa

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United are two points behind Tottenham, who finished third after beating Aston VillaCredit: Reuters

And it led to the end of a winless streak that had lasted since 9 October, while taking points above Albion with both taking 15 points.

The result left United temporarily in fourth place and one place behind Brighton before Tottenham overcame both teams to take third place after a 0-1 loss to Aston Villa 2-1.

Skinner, who was with Everton in the Conti Cup, said: “It was one of our standout performances in terms of a complete package, where we defended well, created a lot of chances and we built. well built.

“The only thing I feel might be missing is that we had to be ruthless in that final third game because we should have scored six goals.

“We have to continue to put ourselves in a position to be in and around the Champions League venues.

“We have to do our best to do the things that we’ve done in this game in the coming matches.”

Before the game, Hope Powell talked about having no illusions about the rapidly changing results for the Seagulls after five wins from their first nine games.

And the hosts, who were injury-free Inessa Kaagman, came under pressure early on with Boe Risa being a constant threat to the visitors.

Norwegian ace and Megan Walsh engaged in an entertaining duel in the game with the midfielder forcing a sixth-minute double save from the keeper.

And Brighton’s Megan Connolly was in a favorable position in an Albion attack but shot over the bar in the 12th minute.

United – who had 13 shots on target – saw a figure of 21st Second minute, Ladd’s attack was easily thwarted by Walsh moments before Lucy Staniforth made a face to face with the keeper before being waved offside.

And Boe Risa had a great chance to score at nearly half an hour, after a dangerous dribble through the Albion defence while Walsh saved her shot from near the corner.

As if the score would be goalless in the first half, Ladd gave the visitors the lead with a deflected effort in stoppage time.

The second spell sees Powell trying to ramp up his attack with Danielle Carter in place of Fliss Gibbons.

And Brighton had a good chance to level about 60order minutes with Victoria Williams’ attempt to drop down in a bravely parried cross by Mary Earp.

Vilde Boe Risa scores her first goal in the top flight after her move to Man United in the summer

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Vilde Boe Risa scores her first goal in the top flight after her move to Man United in the summerCredit: Reuters

But United cemented their lead with Russo hitting the ball in the box for Boe Risa to score her first WSL goal.

And the visitors won 2-0 against Brighton in a tough clash with Arsenal following a Conti Cup tie with West Ham.

“It wasn’t a good day for us even though in the second half we played a little bit better,” said Powell.

“We didn’t really get along well in the game.

“We didn’t go to the races, but it’s a credit to United because they are very fit and move the ball quickly.”

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