Manchester United forward Thomas getting to a point of consistency says Skinner | OneFootball
Manchester United forward Thomas getting to a point of consistency says Skinner
Manchester United head coach Marc Skinner says that forward Martha Thomas is getting towards a point of consistency both in her goalscoring and in her performances.
The 25-year-old has netted a goal in each of her last three games for club and country, a feat that she has not achieved for a number of years.
When speaking to FAWSL Full-Time ahead of this weekend’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Chelsea, Manchester United boss Skinner said that Thomas is edging towards becoming a consistent player.
“When I was at my previous club, I was looking at Martha as an opinion when she came to the end of her contract,” Skinner said.
“Martha has always been someone who I have kept an eye on because of the ability that she has but it is about getting to the point where she is not getting niggling injuries and managing her for a bit longer to make sure that she has sustainability on the field. We need consistency whether that be in our line-up or the decisions that players make and that is why we are making sure that Martha is in a good place and then we unleash her.
“As you have seen with her goals, she is now at a point where she can be more consistent, she has wonderful ability.
“She has come back today and she looks really sharp, she is obviously buoyed by the goals that she has scored and her performances. It is only going to bode well for us and for her going into this next run of fixtures.”
Manchester United go into this weekend’s fixture against Chelsea having recorded two wins out of two in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League this season. Skinner went on to say that he is really pleased with how the season has gone so far.
“It has been great,” Skinner said. “More importantly, I am way more enthused by the players’ energy and commitment to what we are asking them to do.
“I don’t want to give any cliche answers but I am pleased with where the team are at. Chelsea will be a different challenge to Leicester and a different challenge to Reading, they were last year’s second-best team in Europe so it’s going to be a great challenge.
“It will be a good challenge to see where we are at in terms of what we can do to beat the best team from last year in this league but we need to be more consistent in every game, not just when we raise our game against Chelsea. We might play a team near the bottom of the league but we need to raise our game against everybody.”
Manchester United’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Chelsea at the Leigh Sports Village kicks-off at 12.30pm on Sunday and will be broadcast live on BBC Two.