By Jack Gaughan for MailOnline
Published: 17:46 BST, 6 September 2020 | Updated: 17:53 BST, 6 September 2020
This was a statement performance by Manchester United, and one that might indicate that the WSL is ready for another club at its top table.
Champions Chelsea looked shaken for spells on Sunday and the early indications are that Casey Stoney can make good on her promise to narrow the gap with the cemented top three.
The Blues have shared this trophy with Manchester City and Arsenal since 2015 and, while that should ultimately remain the case, results against United may prove the determining factor. For Stoney, that is certainly progress at a club in only its third year of existence and now in possession of a first ever point taken off the big guns.
Leah Galton of Manchester United Women celebrates scoring their equaliser on Sunday
Chelsea Goalkeeper Carly Telford (right) fails to stop Manchester United's Galton (centre)
‘It was going to take every ounce from us,’ Stoney said. ‘We removed the fear and had a go. We stood up to them. There was more belief, a stronger mentality.’
United were the better side after going a goal down to Sam Kerr, Leah Galton’s late equaliser exactly what they deserved for forcing Chelsea into awkward areas with sustained counter-pressing.
A little bit of extra cutting edge and the hosts might have nicked it, while Stoney will wonder what United might be able to achieve this term with experienced USA