Premier Academy League
Saturday 10 April, Carrington
MANCHESTER UNITED 1
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 0
United: Johnstone; Fornasier, Thorpe, McGinty (Wootton 51), Fryers; Cole (Hussain 77), Lingard (Morrison 59), Pogba, Ajose; Keane, Cofie.
Sub not used: Devlin
Video: Extended highlights
Top spot in the North west regional division has changed hands on numerous occasions in the last two months, but Reds striker John Cofie's second-minute goal was enough to defeat Wolves and reclaim pole position. Cofie got United off to a flying start when he ran through on goal before beating Wolves goalkeeper Aaron McCarey after just 64 seconds.
The Reds were just back from the recent triumph in Italy in the the Torneo Calcio Memorial Claudio Sassi-Sassuolo in Italy. Such a rapid start suggested confidence was high, but perhaps that tournament had taken just as much out of the legs as it had bouyed belief.
Wolves had plenty of possession but McGuinness' charges held on for three valuable points. With five games remaining, the Reds will hope to hold onto top spot for a place in the end-of-season play-offs against the winners of the other regional divisions.