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Saturday 16 March 2013

Barclays U21s: Man Utd close in on Spurs

Man Utd beat West Brom to move to within four points of Elite Group leaders

Manchester United's Sean McGinty opened the scoring in their 2-0 win over West Brom

Manchester United moved to within four points of the top of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League Elite Group with two late goals against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.

In a tight encounter, the visitors broke the deadlock with six minutes remaining, as Sean McGinty hammered home after a cross from Adnan Januzaj. Two minutes later, Anders Lindegaard’s long kick forward beat the West Brom defence and substitute John Cofie finished it to seal victory.

United are four points ahead of Liverpool, having played a match more, while West Brom are at the bottom of the Elite Group table after eight matches.

Barclays Under-21 Premier League results

Saturday 16 March
Elite Group

West Brom 0-2 Manchester United (McGinty, Cofie)

Group 1

Everton (McAleny, Hope) 2-2 Aston Villa (Johnson 2)

Barclays Under-21 Premier League fixtures

Monday 18 March
Elite Group

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool, AFC Telford United, 7pm

Group 2
Bolton Wanderers v Stoke City, Lancashire FA, 7pm
Norwich City v Manchester City, Colney Training Centre, 2pm
Reading v Newcastle United, Reading Training Ground, 1pm

Key Points

  • Sean McGinty and John Cofie score as Manchester United beat West Brom 2-0
  • Man Utd move to within four points of Tottenham at the top of the Elite Group
  • Aston Villla come from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Everton in Group 1