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Man Utd keep unbeaten WSL begin

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Alessia Russo scored twice when Manchester United beat West Ham 4-2 to continue the unbeaten start of the season and keep the opposition still looking for a first win.

United started up front and England international Russo only shot wide twice in the first three minutes.

Russo and his colleague, who signed Tobin Heath that summer, were constantly causing problems with West Ham. In the 20th minute, Leah Galton hit the far post and Russo was able to knock home.

Just three minutes later, Heath doubled the visitors' lead as she drove into the box unchallenged and slammed the ball into the left corner for her first United goal.

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Russo runs in the West Ham Defense during her good individual performance

West Ham struggled to maintain possession in midfield but managed to regain a goal with their first shot on goal in the 39th minute when Kenza Dali hooked a ball into the box from the right and Emily van Egmond went home.

United restored their two-goal lead shortly afterwards when Galton made an excellent cross from the left flank to allow Russo to throw the ball into the net.

West Ham remained patient in the second half, increasing the pressure in the final 10 minutes.

Rachel Daly drove down the right side in the 83rd minute and dragged a flank to the far post, which snaked into the net over Mary Earps to cut the deficit in half.

Manchester United's strength paid off in the 87th minute, however, when Lucy Staniforth's pinpoint set piece found a substitute and two-time World Cup winner Christen Press at the back post and she flipped home to take the points.

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