Casey Stoney praises Lauren James’ ‘grown-up’ showing after scoring in Man United Women’s Old Trafford arc … as manager complains teen – speaking out about racist abuse – has’ been through terrible things’
- Manchester United women beat West Ham women 2-0 at Old Trafford
- Casey Stoney also praised Lauren James for her greatly improved work pace
- Stoney says she is being educated by the 19-year-old about the abuse she suffered
- Christen Press scored the second for the Red Devils and sealed the victory on Saturday
Manchester United Women boss Casey Stoney praised Lauren James’s ‘grown-up’ performance after the 19-year-old scored the club’s first-ever goal at Old Trafford in a 2-0 win over West Ham.
The midfielder headed United to a 1-0 lead at the start of the second half before Christen Press doubled their lead in the 55th minute.
James only made her second start to the season after experiencing several injury issues and last month spoke out about the racial abuse she suffered on social media.
Lauren James (left) scored the Manchester United women’s team’s first goal at Old Trafford
Casey Stoney praised James for her ‘grown-up’ performance in their 2-0 win over West Ham
“I’ve seen a tremendous amount of maturity from her,” said Stoney.
‘I’ve learned a lot from her and what she’s been through, and she’s teaching me what to endure day in and day out.
Like I said back then, I feel sad that the water off a duck’s back is for her, but at the same time I can focus on her football, flip that switch and say I’m here to play football and have fun, I think she did today.
“I am very happy for her as an individual, but we must continue to make sure that we support her and remember that she has been through terrible things in the past month.”
The Manchester United and England star has been the target of racial abuse on social media
James, the sister of Chelsea and England international Reece, was constantly trying to get things done and looked at home on the field of Old Trafford.
Her hard work paid off when she was able to get to the back post at the end of Maria Thorisdottir’s header to shoot the ball from two yards out across the line.
Stoney was also pleased with the pace of work and the midfielder’s willingness to reclaim the ball for her teammates.
“It’s a grown-up performance of hers and of course she’ll be very happy she scored,” Stoney added.
Stoney also praised James’ improved pace of work and believes she is in a good place physically
‘We’ve been talking about it (her work pace) for three years now and I think she’s showing that side of her game now. She’s coming back from an injury so she’s doing it in fits and starts, but it’s that mindset of wanting to do it now, she’s really showing that side to the team because we know what she can do when she’s got the ball.
“I probably wouldn’t appreciate her journey, I supported her, I challenged her and she knows she’s going to get that challenge from me because that stuff that isn’t owned is non-negotiable.
‘She’s in a good place physically. I thought today she showed a real desire to want to work for the team. I think sometimes I have to remember she’s very young, sometimes it’s a bit of a switch in the brain in terms of development. ‘