'Incoming £5,000 fine coming': Sunderland fans react as Lee Johnson names young side against Manchester United Under-21s in Papa John's Trophy

Lee Johnson has opted to leave out the majority of his senior players for tonight’s Papa John’s Trophy match against Manchester United Under-21s – and supporters have been quick to react on social media.

Wednesday, 13th October 2021, 6:41 pm

Left-back Denver Hume, who has just recovered from a hamstring injury, is the only 'qualifying' first-team player by the competition’s rules.

The trophy’s rules state that clubs need to name four senior squad members to avoid a £5,000 fine.

With an important League One fixture at Gillingham coming up this weekend, Johnson said he’s prepared to take the fine after the game was moved against Sunderland’s wish.

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The Black Cats boss has made five changes from the side which won 2-1 at Lincoln last week, with Jacob Carney, Patrick Almond, Tom Scott & Tyrese Dyce all set to make their senior debuts.

Here’s how some fans reacted to the team news:

@safc28: Would have preferred a bit of a stronger side

@afootyeducation: Incoming £5k fine?

Sunderland boss Lee Johnson.

@Jay_Alderson04: A 5k fine for breaking the “rules” in a competition nobody cares about, come on man.

@ElliottSAFC: Very young side good to see great experience for them although would have been good to see Pritchard to get some more mins and improve his sharpness

@MattySunlun: It's rare to not know 75% of your team going into a game

@JellyJelly88: A good chance to see how the youngsters get on in a nothing competition, looking forward to watching them play!

@joehay_: Literally an U23s side

@hogg1981: The perfect team for a much more important game on Saturday

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