Jan Kirchoff (centre) and Lynden Gooch (second right) continued their recovery from injury on Monday night.

Sunderland under-23s fell to a 3-1 defeat to Manchester United on Monday night with first-team players such as Jan Kirchhoff, Lynden Gooch, Rees Greenwood and George Honeyman all getting minutes under their belts.

The result sees Manchester United climb to seventh in the league, but how did the young Black Cats fare against the Red Devils?


Max Stryjek: Made some crucial saves to prevent a first-half demolition job. Loud and commanding but had no chance with the three goals. 7

Donald Love: Worked hard without being noticed. Conceded the penalty which put the visitors nil-two ahead. A steady performance for the first-team regular. 6

Denver Hume: Gifted possession to Manchester United for their opening goal. Otherwise, Hume was fairly solid having been given a rare start. 6

Jan Kirchhoff: Just back from injury and showed glimpses of magic. Got an hour under his belt and will be looking to enter the first-team fray in the next week of so. 7

George Brady: Solid as ever for the former Chelsea man. Unlucky not to find the net with a towering header late on. 6

Sam Brotherton: A promising display from the man who is still adjusting to football in England. Quiet in spells, but did what was required when called upon. 6

George Honeyman: Grabbed the consolation goal and proved a real threat to Manchester United throughout. Played a different role on the wing but adjusted to it well. 7

Ethan Robson: Very influential in the centre of the park. Sprayed the ball about and made some crucial tackles. The 20-year-old can’t be far away from the first team with performances like this. 8

Josh Maja: Failed to make as much of an impact as he would have liked. Had a couple of sights of goal but failed to really test Kieran O’Hara. The 18-year-old was replaced by Joel Asoro at half-time. 6

Lynden Gooch: Looked lively but couldn’t find an end product. Linked up well with Honeyman and Greenwood but wasted a few chances. 6

Rees Greenwood: A frustrated figure out on the wing. Greenwood wasn’t receiving the balls like he usually would and failed to make much of an impact on the game. 6


Joel Asoro (for Josh Maja, 46′): Seemed to spark Sunderland into life following his introduction. Caused numerous problems for the United defence but failed to really trouble the ‘keeper. 7

Elliot Embleton (for Jan Kirchhoff, 64′): Linked up well with Ethan Robson and covered plenty of ground but to no avail. The central midfielder would have been more influential with a full 90 minutes. 6

Luke Molyneux (for Rees Greenwood, 83′): Looked very lively in his short spell on the pitch. Could have been a game-changer had he been given more time on the pitch. 7

Unused subs: Josh Robson, James Talbot

Manchester United: O’Hara, Olosunde (Warren, 82′), Tuanzebe (c), Borthwick-Jackson, Mitchell, Willock, Poole, Gribbin (Kehinde, 86′), McTominay, Harrop, Redmond (Bohui, 86′)

Unused subs: Scott, Johnstone