'Worth the fine': Sunderland fans have their say on win over Manchester United Under-21s and Papa John's Trophy progression

Sunderland have progressed to the knockout stages of the Papa John’s Trophy after a 2-1 win over Manchester United Under-21s at the Stadium of Light – and fans were quick to react on social media.

Wednesday, 13th October 2021, 9:49 pm

Lee Johnson opted to leave out the majority of his senior players with an important League One fixture at Gillingham to come this weekend.

Left-back Denver Hume, who has just recovered from a hamstring injury, was the only 'qualifying' first-team player by the competition’s rules, meaning Sunderland look set to face a £5,000.

Yet the Black Cats youngsters took their chance to impress as goals from Tyrese Dyce and Stephen Wearne gave the side three points in Northern Group F.

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Sunderland players after beating Manchester United Under-21s in the Papa John's Trophy.

Here’s how some fans reacted to the result.

@joshtroberts: Accidentally defending the pizza cup.

@hippynothipster: So glad we won this stupid trophy last year so we could move on and treat it like a youth tournament this year. Not a bad showing from the young lads!

@kirbyhazard: So worth the fine

@Stephburt21: Excellent result. Great decision to play the U23’s + Hume (nicely building up his match fitness)

@LdoubleE_87: Everything about this club is trending in the right direction, our U21s beating Man Utd may seem insignificant but the progress from where we were years ago is unbelievable - and the best thing is the whole playing squad is playing with the same style

@37GRW: Cracking sign when our U21s are beating theirs, what a club

@Philip_RJ89: I have to admit that I love our mindset in the Papa John’s Trophy. Lee Johnson is clearly using it as a breeding ground for our younger players, and they’ll all be gaining good experience.

@_GraemeAtkinson: Good result that, in context. Youngsters clearly have some talent and are developing quickly too. Future looks bright for this group.

@sunderlanddanny: Impressed with @StephenWearne10 tonight man of the match for me never stopped running and quick feet.great goal.

@mackem49000: Fantastic performance and result! Fully deserved win against a good side

@cameronflaws: It was pretty much two U21 sides tonight (and Paul McShane) but I enjoyed the game and good to see some of the young lads put in a good performance all around

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