In just the third minute of the second 45, Miedema stuck to put the visitors in front. Running across the edge of the box she fired a low effort past the defence and out of reach of Earps for 1-0.
There was a concerning moment for Hanson as she was left on the ground following a foul by McCabe, with the Arsenal player shown a yellow card after clattering into the knee of Hanson. Fortunately she was able to carry on after treatment.
Referee Emily Heaslip then ruled McCabe had been fouled by Aoife Mannion as the defender slid in to block a potential shot in the box, awarding a penalty and the Gunners an opportunity to double their advantage.
McCabe herself then stepped up to take the spot-kick, with usual penalty taker Kim Little off the field after being substituted at half-time. Earps dived the correct way, but couldn’t get a hand to it as McCabe fired home left-footed.
Working hard to get back into the game, Lucy Staniforth and Katie Zelem came so close to completing what would have been a magical goal. Staniforth picked out the skipper with an inch-perfect ball over the top which Zelem played first time. Only an exceptional save from keeper Manuela Zinsberger kept it out.
United kept pushing but despite their efforts couldn’t find a reply. Substitute Carrie Jones, who signed her first professional contract for the Reds this week, created probably the best opportunity of the closing stages, feeding the ball to Galton in the six-yard-box, but the flag went up for offside.