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2021/22 season marks start of new era

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The Women’s Super League marked the dawn of a new era on Friday night as Manchester United took on Reading to kick off what promises to be a defining 2021/22 season.

At a time when it should have been riding high off the back of a Women’s World Cup in 2019 that hit cumulative viewing figures of nearly 30 million in the UK, the WSL was hit badly by the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, forcing that season to be abandoned.

Aside from a handful of limited capacity games watched by a few hundred, fans were then shut out for the entirety of the 2020/21 campaign. The women’s game has a special relationship with its fans in a way that has long since been lost on the men’s side, making that a bitter blow for 18 months.

Before Friday night, Manchester United hadn’t played at home with fans since January 2020, but there was a sense of relief and normality in the air and Reading were more than worthy opponents in a game that was competitive from the first minute.

The Royals even started the better and were never really out of the game that finished 2-0 to the hosts, requiring two outstanding goals from Kirsty Hanson and Ona Batlle.

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