In the first of three exclusive Masterclass features with The Coaches’ Voice, Casey Stoney gives an in-depth insight into the match strategy and tactical adjustments that inspired her then Manchester United team’s home win against Arsenal in the 2020/21 season.
The fixture was the sixth of what was still only United’s second campaign in the FA Women’s Super League. Victory over one of the traditional giants of the women’s game represented a major step forward in the young team’s bid to establish themselves as a genuine force. Stoney explains how she set her team up to minimise the threat of star striker Vivianne Miedema, pressurise the Arsenal build and, in possession, create and exploit wide overloads.
It’s a fascinating feature with a young coach now working as head coach of the newly formed San Diego NWSL team in the United States.