It was also a dramatic night away from Old Trafford on Tuesday in the Championship with a couple of United's youngsters having a major impact.
Michael Keane headed a vital equaliser deep into injury time against Leeds United to boost Leicester City's promotion hopes. The centre-back, voted man of the match, rose to nod in Martyn Waghorn's corner, with keeper Kasper Schmeichel also up for the set-piece, to register his second senior goal.
"Michael looks very assured and composed and has fitted in extremely well," commented Reserves coach Warren Joyce to ManUtd.com. "He's done well."
Crystal Palace are also striving for a place in the Barclays Premier League and Wilfried Zaha was in excellent form during the 4-2 triumph against Steve Bruce's Hull City. The England international was a constant threat and added the final goal for the Eagles following a hat-trick by 39-year-old Kevin Phillips.
Peterborough collected a point from a 2-2 draw with a Charlton as they continue to battle against relegation. Davide Petrucci and Scott Wootton were both missing through injury but Joyce has little doubt that the Italian will make an impact when he returns from a hamstring problem.
"I think our players will prove themselves over a number of games," he told ManUtd.com. "Davide scored a great goal for Peterborough recently when they beat Leicester and I know what Davide’s got and what his capabilities are. He’s got more than enough ability to play in the Championship and more than enough ability to play in the Premier League as well."
Ryan Tunnicliffe was an unused substitute for Barnsley in a 1-1 draw at Burnley while Reece Brown came on for the last 17 minutes of Ipswich Town's 1-0 loss at Nottingham Forest, with Mick McCarthy's side ending the game with only nine men.
"I've been out and about and the boys have done really well," added Joyce. "We look at what we can get from each particular loan.
"There are certain things players need to improve at certain stages of their careers. So we try and assess that and work