Barclays U21 Premier League 2016: Monday Results, Updated Table and Schedule

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Barclays U21 Premier League 2016: Monday Results, Updated Table and Schedule
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Manchester United grabbed a hard-fought 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur during Monday's Under-21 Premier League action, and Andreas Pereira stole the spotlight, scoring twice.

The Brazilian continues to impress and is looking for a bigger role with the senior squad, and if he continues to play the way he did against Spurs, he's bound to get his wish. James Weir scored United's first goal, while Joe Pritchard found the net for the visitors.

In Monday's other match, West Ham United beat Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0. Here's a look at the full results:

Manchester United 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur
West Ham 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

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The current Under-21 Premier League standings:

U21 EPL Standings
Group 1 PL W D L GF:GA PTS
Sunderland U21 12 9 1 2 25:8 28
Reading U21 11 5 3 3 22:19 18
Tottenham U21 12 5 3 4 26:24 18
Manchester United U21 7 5 1 1 17:8 16
Manchester City U21 8 4 2 2 17:13 14
Everton U21 11 3 5 3 17:17 14
Southampton U21 10 4 2 4 19:21 14
Middlesbrough U21 9 3 2 4 16:13 11
Chelsea U21 9 3 2 4 14:16 11
Norwich U21 12 3 2 7 17:23 11
Leicester U21 11 2 2 7 15:34 8
Liverpool U21 10 1 3 6 10:19 6
Group 2 PL W D L GF:GA PTS
Derby U21 12 7 1 4 25:16 22
West Brom U21 11 6 4 1 14:6 22
Aston Villa U21 13 6 3 4 15:18 21
West Ham U21 14 6 2 6 23:24 20
Arsenal U21 9 6 1 2 18:10 19
Stoke City U21 13 6 1 6 14:12 19
Blackburn U21 10 5 2 3 16:14 17
Fulham U21 11 5 2 4 14:15 17
Swansea U21 11 5 1 5 18:12 16
Newcastle Utd U21 12 3 4 5 17:21 13
Wolves U21 13 2 2 9 13:22 8
Brighton U21 13 1 3 9 8:25 6

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The upcoming schedule:

Date Home Away
Tuesday, Jan. 5 Arsenal Blackburn
Friday, Jan. 8 Middlesbrough Norwich
Sunday, Jan. 10 Sunderland Leicester

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Recap

Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News noted Nick Powell was not in the starting XI for the Red Devils, while Andros Townsend and Kyle Walker made Tottenham's squad:

United have been charging up the standings of late, and the hosts continued their fine form by putting pressure on Tottenham from the opening minute. Pereira looked lively and active early, although the first chance fell to the visitors, with Townsend forcing Joel Pereira into making a save.

Weir opened the score after 13 minutes, however, although at first it seemed as if Will Keane had scored. Tom Glover got a hand on Weir's hard shot from a tight angle, and the ball trickled off the post and over the line.

Per Paul Hirst of Press Association Sport, Keane tried hard to get a foot on the ball, however:

Townsend was by far Spurs' top attacking outlet and frequently provided the visitors with chances, but United's defence stood firm. The closest Tottenham came to equalising in the first half came just before half-time, when the 24-year-old struck the cross bar with a curling shot.

By that time, Pereira and Keane had already come close to doubling the lead, and Shaquile Coulthirst nearly scored the goal of the season, placing an overhead kick just wide.

The second half started at a slow pace and chances were few, until Pereira tried his luck with a direct corner kick and put his team up 2-0. Per Base Soccer Agency's Doron Salomon, the youngster probably meant to score that way, too:

United appeared to be in cruise control, but the visitors hit back through Pritchard, who scored with his first touch just two minutes after coming on as a substitute.

Coulthirst came close to grabbing an equaliser just before the final whistle, but instead it was Pereira who preserved the win with his second goal of the night.

West Ham booked a much-needed win over last-placed Brighton & Hove Albion, a 2-0 triumph that moves the club into the top four of the Group 2 standings.

Djair Parfitt-Williams opened the score just before half-time, finishing off a well-worked team move to give the hosts the lead. The Hammers had been the better team by far up until that point, as lowly Brighton struggled putting together chances.

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Alex Song should have scored after some lovely work from trialist Reece Brown, but the former Barcelona star fired a wild shot well over the bar. Brown made a strong impression, and it's likely his trial will result in a permanent move to east London.

West Ham have another Reece, however, and it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that it was Reece Oxford who headed home their second goal to put the win safe. Oxford has long been touted as one of England's top young players, and a loan move to a Championship club is likely on the horizon for the 17-year-old.

Arsenal will start the new year with a match against Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday, as they look to continue their push for promotion to Group 1.

 

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