Harder opened the scoring in the first half at Kingsmeadow but substitute Lauren James levelled for the visitors on the hour mark.
Despite the setback, Chelsea restored our lead just minutes later through Fran Kirby and Harder hailed the team’s ability to bounce back immediately following James’ equaliser.
‘I’m so delighted,’ said Harder afterwards. ‘It was a very big fight. Manchester United did good and they are a great team but we put a lot of energy into the game and it’s really nice to get the three points.
‘When we are faced with this sort of setback, we have to show character and we did that.
‘We had a great attack just after their goal, then we managed to get a goal just after that. It was really great character shown from the team.’