Manchester United U21s drawn as the final side in Sunderland's Papa John's Trophy group

Manchester United U21s have been as the third group in Sunderland’s Papa John’s Trophy group.

Thursday, 24th June 2021, 4:43 pm

The draw could mean a return to Wearside for talented academy products Joe Hugill and Logan Pye, who were both members of the United squad in last season’s competition.

Lee Johnson’s side had already discovered that they would be facing Lincoln and Bradford City in the group stage, with three of the four places in each group pre-determined by the EFL.

The Black Cats faced Lincoln City in the semi finals of the tournament last season, before beating Tranmere Rovers 1-0 in the final at Wembley.

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Sunderland celebrate their Papa John's Trophy win
Sunderland celebrate their Papa John's Trophy win

Bradford City finished 15th in League Two last season, but have since poached Derek Adams after he led Morecambe to promotion through the play-offs. Sunderland will play two of their games at home, and one away from home.

Sunderland were also drawn against Port Vale away in the first round of the Carabao Cup earlier today.