Under-23s: United 3 Sunderland 0
Manchester United and Sunderland produced a hugely entertaining Premier League 2 Division Two clash which saw Neil Wood’s charges take all three points with a 3-0 victory at Old Trafford.
The visitors dealt competently with United’s early energy and wasn’t themselves what could be described as pedestrian.
United’s third-choice senior keeper Lee Grant was guarding the Stretford End goal and he was kept busy by the blue-shirted Black Cats. Still, United remained the most likely to make a breakthrough and, with 16 minutes gone, we duly took the lead.
There seemed little danger for Sunderland with the ball some considerable distance downfield but that was before skipper Dylan Levitt unleashed a beautiful long-range pass which Ramazani met on the edge of the area. There were plenty of Sunderland defenders in the vicinity but, undeterred, the Belgian negotiated himself into a yard of space before hitting a fine drive past Sunderland keeper Anthony Patterson, with the aid of a slight deflection.
United continued to hold sway and the chances started to stack up with none looking more promising than Levitt’s drive that struck the crossbar.
There seemed an inevitability that United would increase the lead before the interval and with slightly more than 60 seconds to go, we did just that with an Ethan Laird cross from the right only cleared to Galbraith, who rifled home a stinger from the edge of the area.
At the other end, Laird was a constant threat to Sunderland down the right flank and his numerous forays were a feature of the evening.
And his fellow defender, Reece Devine, who also had his name taken by referee Joe Hull, saw a close-range goal attempt blocked by Patterson, after Laird's inviting ball into the box really deserved a finishing touch.
United: Grant; Laird, Mengi (Taylor 71), Bernard, Devine; Puigmal, Galbraith (Helm 64), Levitt; Traore (McGhee 64), Mellor, Ramazani.
Substitutes not used: Kovar, McCann.
Scorers: Ramazani 16, 88, Galbraith 43.
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