Tobin Heath helped Manchester United go top of the Women’s Super League, setting Millie Turner up for the winner against Tottenham Hotspur.
Turner met a finely placed second-half corner from the World Cup-winning USA international to seal victory.
Heath had earlier combined with USA team-mate Christen Press for United’s first chance, but was denied by Becky Spencer, who also kept out Katie Zelem.
Rosella Ayane squandered what was Spurs’ best opportunity early on.
Ayane pounced on a stray United pass in defence, but could only bobble a shot harmlessly wide.
With their own two-time World Cup-winner in Alex Morgan again not included in the squad as she works to regain fitness following the birth of her daughter in May, Spurs lacked a serious attacking threat as they looked for their first WSL win of the season.
They did, however, make United work hard for the win, with defender Ashleigh Neville keeping Press quiet in her first WSL start, while goalkeeper Spencer made several excellent saves.
Spencer did well to rush off her line to keep out a fierce low effort from Heath as well as a wonderful first-time shot from Zelem before half-time.
Alessia Russo also had an effort saved onto the post after the break, but it was from the ensuing corner that Heath found Turner for the winner.
- 29NevilleBooked at 59minsSubstituted forLeonat 90′minutes
- 18KennedySubstituted forGrahamat 74′minutes
- 4GreenBooked at 14minsSubstituted forQuinnat 89′minutes
- 7DavisonSubstituted forFilbeyat 90′minutes
- 23AyaneSubstituted forDeanat 63′minutes
Man Utd Women
- 4TurnerBooked at 69mins
- 21TurnerBooked at 83mins
- 12LaddBooked at 45minsSubstituted forTooneat 45′minutes
- 10ZelemSubstituted forStaniforthat 77′minutes
- 14GroenenBooked at 66mins
- 77HeathSubstituted forSmithat 77′minutes
- 24PressSubstituted forHansonat 55′minutes
Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur Women 0, Manchester United Women 1.
Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur Women 0, Manchester United Women 1.
Foul by Amy Turner (Manchester United Women).
Angela Addison (Tottenham Hotspur Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Tottenham Hotspur Women. Siri Worm tries a through ball, but Lucia Leon is caught offside.
Corner, Manchester United Women. Conceded by Hannah Godfrey.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur Women. Lucia Leon replaces Ashleigh Neville.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur Women. Anna Filbey replaces Gemma Davison.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur Women. Lucy Quinn replaces Josie Green.
Corner, Tottenham Hotspur Women. Conceded by Amy Turner.
Leah Galton (Manchester United Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Ashleigh Neville (Tottenham Hotspur Women).
Attempt missed. Siri Worm (Tottenham Hotspur Women) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.
Millie Turner (Manchester United Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Millie Turner (Manchester United Women).
Ria Percival (Tottenham Hotspur Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Lucy Staniforth (Manchester United Women) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.
Alessia Russo (Manchester United Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Hannah Godfrey (Tottenham Hotspur Women).
Attempt blocked. Ella Toone (Manchester United Women) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.