Manchester United finally earned a first win at the third time of asking in the Conti Cup on Wednesday, with Manchester City also victorious at Liverpool.
United were 3-0 up inside 20 minutes against Everton at Leigh Sports Village, through an opener inside 60 seconds from Vilde Boe Risa, who would quickly grab a second, and Rachel Williams.
Jess Park pulled one back for Everton before Jade Moore quickly made it 4-1 to the hosts. Karen Holmgaard’s 92nd-minute strike was then little consolation for the well-beaten Toffees.
Elsewhere, second-half goals from Filippa Angeldahl and Mary Fowler gave Manchester City a 2-0 win at Liverpool, to end their hosts’ perfect start in Group B and seal their progression as group winners instead.
Aston Villa have also qualified – ahead of United – as winners of Group A, courtesy of a 2-1 win over Championship side Sheffield United.
Kirsty Hanson and Kenza Dali put the Villans in full control before half-time at Glanford Park, and while Mia Enderby’s penalty set up a nervy finish, they hung on for victory.