Noel Hunt and Nicky Ajose on target in friendly defeat...
Noel Hunt and Nicky Ajose were on target for United but Sunderland ran out 3-2 winners in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Thorp Arch on Tuesday afternoon.
The hosts fielded a mix of youth and experience with the likes of Luke Murphy, Scott Wootton and David Norris also getting a run out alongside youngsters such as Kalvin Phillips, Jake Skelton and Tyler Denton.
Sunderland twice went in front through French striker Mikael Mandron, but they were pegged back both times through Hunt and Ajose as the half-time scoreline stood at 2-2.
There was little between the sides after the break until George Honeyman’s cross was deflected past Daniel Atkinson to give Sunderland the win with eight minutes remaining.
United team: Atkinson, Booker, Wootton, Skelton, Denton, Thompson, Phillips, Murphy, Norris, Ajose, Hunt. Subs: Molloy, Purver, Parkin, Bell.