Arsenal were held to a 0-0 draw with Swansea City in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League on Friday.
Later, Manchester City came from behind to beat Reading 3-1, while West Ham United came from behind to beat Fulham by the same scoreline.
Here are the results from Friday's youth action, complete with updated standings and the latest schedule, as well as a closer look at the day's games.
|Under-21 Premier League: Friday's Results|
|12 p.m. GMT||Arsenal vs. Swansea City||0-0|
|1 p.m. GMT||Manchester City vs. Reading||3-1|
|7 p.m. GMT||Fulham vs. West Ham United||1-3|
|2||Man Utd U21||9||7||1||1||24||9||15||22|
|4||Man City U21||11||5||3||3||22||17||5||18|
|3||West Brom U21||12||6||5||1||15||7||8||23|
|4||West Ham U21||15||7||2||6||26||25||1|
|5||Aston Villa U21||14||6||4||4||15||18||-3||22|
|Saturday, Jan. 23||2 p.m. GMT||Stoke City vs. Blackburn Rovers|
|Monday, Jan. 25||12 p.m. GMT||Leicester City vs. Middlesbrough|
|Monday, Jan. 25||7 p.m. GMT||Brighton vs. West Brom|
|Monday, Jan. 25||7 p.m. GMT||Manchester United vs. Sunderland|
|Monday, Jan. 25||7 p.m. GMT||Newcastle United vs. Derby|
|Monday, Jan. 25||7 p.m. GMT||Wolves vs. Aston Villa|
|Monday, Jan. 25||7:30 p.m. GMT||Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur|
The Gunners, who had Tomas Rosicky in their starting XI, began the better of the two sides as they controlled possession, but it was the Swans who crafted the first meaningful efforts on goal in the pouring rain, with Jay Fulton and Josh Sheehan's shots requiring straightforward saves from Matt Macey.
Arsenal's Chris Willock had the best chance of the half shortly before the break when the youngster cut inside and crashed a shot onto the woodwork.
Early in the second half, Macey was called into action once again to deny Fulton, and both club's Twitter accounts praised the stop:
Arsenal FC @Arsenal
Macey produces a wonderful reaction save to deny Fulton at the near post 0-0 (56) #AFCU211/22/2016, 1:15:05 PM
Swansea City AFC @SwansOfficial
57: Great save by @Arsenal's keeper, not sure he know much about it as Fulton fired from 5 yards after a pass from James (0-0)1/22/2016, 1:16:16 PM
On the hour-mark, Daniel Crowley found the bottom corner with a well-struck free-kick, but Gregor Zabret proved equal to the effort.
Shortly after, Adam King flashed an effort agonisingly wide after an intricate team move.
Zabret showed excellent reactions to close down Stephy Mavididi and save Willock's deflected effort, but the teams deservedly shared the spoils at the end of the game.
City's outing was a far more exciting affair. The Sky Blues were fortunate not to be a goal down after 10 minutes when Reading counter-attacked in a 3-on-1 situation, but Tarique Fosu fluffed his lines.
As Simon Bajkowski of the Manchester Evening News noted, the hosts responded well:
Simon Bajkowski @spbajko
#MCFC woken up a bit now after early Reading pressing. Glendon effort tipped over, Celina's blasted two over and had one blocked1/22/2016, 1:13:51 PM
Simon Bajkowski @spbajko
#MCFC have had more of the play this half but @AshSmithBrown has been very good whenever Reading have threatened1/22/2016, 1:25:51 PM
Sinan Bytyqi earned a penalty on the stroke of half-time, but City missed the chance to take the lead as Bersant Celina's effort from the spot was well-saved by Lewis Ward.
The Royals punished the miss in the second half as Harry Cardwell scored a lovely solo effort. Reading were ahead for just four minutes, though, before City scored twice in quick succession:
Manchester City @ManCity
68. GOAL CITY EDS! @97_aleix puts #MCFC ahead with an absolute peach of a goal from outside the area. A Goal of the Month candidate! 2-1.1/22/2016, 2:30:04 PM
Celina completed the scoring to redeem himself for his earlier miss, tucking home after being picked out in space by Rodney Kongolo.
In the day’s later game, West Ham’s young stars recovered from a goal down to beat London rivals Fulham 3-1.
The hosts went ahead early on after some brilliant work on the right flank from Joshua Smile. He surged down the wing and whipped an excellent cross into the box, which Stephen Humphrys slotted home to put the side in white ahead.
But a Hammers outfit which contained the highly-rated Reece Oxford grew into the contest and as the half wore on, they were beginning to find their rhythm in the attacking third. In the 39th minute, Djair Parfitt-Williams gave them something tangible to show for their aesthetic play.
Vashon Neufville was the provider, as he threaded a fine ball to the back post after Fulham failed to clear their lines. There the winger showed fine anticipation to prod home and level the scores.
After the break it was West Ham who continued to grow into the contest, putting the hosts under pressure straight from kick-off. For a while Fulham looked as if they were going to hold firm, but their concentration slipped 18 minutes from time, as Josh Cullen was fouled in the penalty area.
The midfielder was quickly on his feet to take the penalty, though, finishing emphatically and putting his team ahead for the first time.
With Fulham desperately searching for an equaliser, West Ham were afforded space to exploit late on. And the two goalscorers linked up brilliantly to put the match beyond doubt, as Cullen crossed into the area and Parfitt-Williams was on hand to meet it, finishing brilliantly into the top corner with four minutes remaining.
As West Ham's Twitter feed noted at the final whistle, their youngsters are in fine form at the moment:
West Ham United @WestHamUtd
FT: There goes the full time whistle. The Hammers have come from a goal down to win 3-1! That's nine games unbeaten for Terry Westley's men.1/22/2016, 8:55:17 PM
The result sees West Ham jump up to fourth place in the second division, while Fulham remain marooned in ninth.
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