Belgium-born midfielder was unlucky to not level twice in quick succession, before his drilled free-kick looped up and over the bar via a deflection.
As conditions quickly worsened, the hosts were unlucky not to double their lead in stoppage time, but again Sutherland was on hand to deny De’Jaune Taylor-Crossdale with a magnificent save at his near post. However, the Royals had done enough to claim all three points and an eighth win in succession.
United Under-18s' final game of the regular season is away to Fulham on Tuesday night, kicking off at 19:00 at Motspur Park. You can see all the highlights on MUTV at 20:30 on the following evening, Wednesday.
United: Sutherland; Love, McNair, Ioannou (Barmby, 84), Evans; Pereira, Grimshaw, Pearson, Daehli; Byrne, Wilson (Weir, 74). Subs not used: O'Hara, Rudge, Rowley.