Phil Jones set up Ashley Fletcher for Manchester United’s only goal in the win over Southampton, firing the Red Devils back to the top of the Group 1 standings of the 2014-15 Under-21 Premier League season.
Liverpool had briefly taken over the top spot with a 2-1 win over Leicester City, but the Mancunians restored order by winning their evening match as well. And with Chelsea also emerging victorious from their clash with Fulham, all Group 1 title candidates did what they were supposed to do on Monday.
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Jones, Andreas Pereira and Adnan Januzaj all started for Manchester United, but it was Fletcher who emerged as the hero of the day with his goal in the 17th minute. He quickly reacted to Jones’ header, which bounced off the crossbar, to give the hosts a lead they would never relinquish, per the club’s official Twitter account:
Sam Gallagher believed he had equalised for the Saints, but the referee called it back for offside. And he was unlucky not to see his late effort go in, as it clipped the crossbar instead.
There was more drama in store for the visitors when Jake Hesketh suffered the same fate just minutes later. The Red Devils survived Southampton’s challenge by the skin of their teeth, but it was good enough to regain first place.
Liverpool had overtaken the Red Devils earlier in the day by beating Leicester City 2-1, per the club’s official Twitter account:
The Foxes had taken the lead through Joe Davis and dominated the first half, continuing their excellent late-season form. But the Reds rallied in the second half, with Daniel Cleary and Cameron Brannagan turning the one-goal deficit into a 2-1 win.
Liverpool and United both still have two matches left on their schedule, and the difference between the two clubs is currently just two points. The Reds’ next challenge will be a difficult trip to London to face Chelsea.
The Blues sit four points behind Liverpool but still have two matches in hand, and they comfortably beat Fulham 3-1 on Monday. Dominic Solanke was once again the big man for Chelsea with two goals, per the club’s official Twitter account:
Charly Musonda also managed to get himself on the scoresheet, while Australian striker Adam Taggart scored for the hosts.
Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur served up a true spectacle for the fans in attendance, going back and forth for 90 minutes in a 3-3 draw. Harry Winks thought he had won the match for Spurs by scoring late in the second half, but Jorginho managed to salvage a point for the Citizens.
Alex Iwobi scored the only goal in Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion, pushing the Gunners back into the top four of the Group 2 standings.
Middlesbrough and Reading, who are in the middle of a fierce battle for the Group 2 title, won’t be in action during the midweek fixtures.