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Andy’s Player Ratings: Sunderland 2-1 Manchester United U23s: Three more points in Trophy group stage

Sunderland’s youngsters outshone Man United’s starlets at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday evening. Here’s how Andy rated the players...

Stephen Wearne celebrates after scoring the second goal
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Jacob Carney: 6/10

Made one good save late in the second half but not a lot to do on his senior debut for his new club against his old one. Looked comfortable on the ball and no chance with the goal.

Kenton Richardson: 7/10

Good defensive performance and unlucky not to score with a well struck volley hit the post in the first half.

Patrick Almond: 7/10

Got stuck in, was unlucky to get booked and his driving run forward in the second half created the winner.

Oliver Younger: 8/10

Always seems to be in the right place at the right time to block a shot or cross, which he did multiple times tonight.

Denver Hume: 6/10

Extremely fortunate to get away with an under-hit pass in the first half, which Joe Hugill ran onto and hit the post. Good thereafter and made some good runs forward, crossing still needs improvement.

Harrison Sohna: 6/10

Another tidy performance from Sohna following on from his display against Lincoln.

Tom Scott: 6/10

Hard working effort from Scott on his full debut. Hassled the Manchester United midfield all game.

Ellis Taylor: 7/10

Great cross to Wearne for the winning goal, blasted an effort over from 30-yards late on but good display overall.

Stephen Wearne: 8/10

Scored the winning goal with a well placed header. Looked confident all night following his goalscoring debut against Lincoln, very composed on the ball.

Tyrese Dyce: 7/10

Blasted Sunderland in front, looked lively from kick off and caused problems for the United defence on the left wing. Moved to left-back following Hume’s substitution.

Will Harris: 7/10

Forced the United goalkeeper into the save that Dyce scored the opener from and Sunderland’s pressing came from the front, with Harris working his socks off for 90 minutes.


Subs

Ethan Kachosa: 6/10

Came on for Hume and went wide right. Put in one good cross but otherwise a hard-working effort as Sunderland managed the game.

Caden Kelly: 6/10

Brought on for Ellis Taylor late on as Sunderland looked to close out the win.

Zak Johnson: 6/10

A very late appearance for the 16-year-old and no chance to impress but still a senior debut.


Man of the Match: Oliver Younger

Just edges out Stephen Wearne for man of the match. Younger’s positioning is always spot on and many times tonight was in the right place at the right time to snuff out an attack. Topped off a good performance with getting the captain’s armband following Hume’s substitution.


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