Sunderland toppled from top spot by Manchester United U21s

Sunderland U21 boss Andy Welsh
Sunderland U21 boss Andy Welsh
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Sunderland’s long stay at the top of the Barclays U21 Premier League’s First Division ended last night.

Manchester United leapfrogged the Black Cats thanks to a 1-0 derby victory over Manchester City, with Joe Rothwell’s goal enough to secure an eighth successive win for the Old Trafford youngsters.

United are two points clear of Sunderland and still have a game in hand – nine matches to play, to the Wearsiders’ eight.

Andy Welsh’s Sunderland side are back in action at home to Middlesbrough on Monday (Stadium of Light, 7pm), while United host Reading.