Barclays U21 Premier League 2016: Monday Scores, Latest Table, Updated Fixtures

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistJanuary 25, 2016

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18:  Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Round Play Off First Leg match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford on August 18, 2015 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Manchester United closed the gap at the top of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League Division 1, beating leaders Sunderland 1-0 in the north-west. 

A James Weir goal was enough for the Red Devils, who claimed their eighth win from 10 this season. United's team featured Adnan Januzaj and Andreas Pereira, who bossed proceedings as the contest progressed. 

The success takes United within three points of the Black Cats, who have dominated at the summit of the league this term after collecting 28 points from their 13 matches.

Liverpool impressively beat Tottenham Hotspur in their match on Monday night, winning 2-0 with a goal in each half.

The much-needed victory offers the Reds hope as they battle relegation, but they remain second to bottom in Division 1.

Here are all of the results from both under-21 divisions in England, including updated standings and forthcoming matches:

Under-21 Premier League: Monday's Results
HomeScoreAway
Leicester City U211-1Middlesbrough U21
Brighton and Hove Albion U210-0West Bromwich Albion U21
Manchester United U211-0Sunderland U21
Newcastle United U211-3Derby County U21
Wolverhampton Wanderers U212-3Aston Villa U21
Liverpool U212-0Tottenham Hotspur U21
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Latest U21 Premier League Standings
Division 1
POSCLUBPWDLGFGAGDPTS
1Sunderland U21139132591628
2Man Utd U21108112591625
3Spurs U21155463233-119
4Man City U21115332217518
5Reading U21135352425-118
6Everton U21124531817117
7Chelsea U21104241920-114
8Southampton U21124262027-714
9Middlesbrough U21113441815313
10Norwich U21133371824-612
11Liverpool U21123361420-612
12Leicester U21112371635-199
Division 2
POSCLUBPWDLGFGAGDPTS
1Derby U211491431181328
2Aston Villa U21157441820-225
3Arsenal U21127322213924
4West Brom U2113661157824
5West Ham U21157262625123
6Stoke U21146171515019
7Swansea U21125251812617
8Blackburn U21115241817117
9Fulham U21125251518-317
10Newcastle U21143561824-614
11Wolves U211422101525-108
12Brighton U2114149825-177
PremierLeague.com
Upcoming Fixtures
DateTime (GMT)Fixture
Jan. 281 p.m.Aston Villa U21 vs. Fulham U21
Jan. 2912 p.m.West Bromwich Albion U21 vs. Newcastle United U21
Jan. 302 p.m.Stoke City U21 vs. Arsenal U21
Jan. 3111.45 p.m.Sunderland U21 vs. Chelsea U21
Jan. 312 p.m.Liverpool U21 vs. Reading U21
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Monday Recap

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Manchester United defeated Sunderland by the slimmest of margins on Monday night, but the win by a solitary goal was enough to bag the three points on offer.

A tight and controlled first half suffocated much of the creative play on the field, as neither of the division's top sides wanted to give territory or possession away.

The match had to wait until the 69th minute to see a goal, with highly rated attacking midfielder Weir breaking the deadlock as United pushed for the win. 

The former Preston North End junior has sparkled this term as captain, continuing his excellent performance level from last year into 2016.

United blogger Doron Salomon passed comment about the important victory:

Liverpool dealt with the threat of Spurs with control and efficiency on Monday, beating their opponents 2-0.

Ryan Kent scored the Reds first goal after just 13 minutes as Liverpool took control. The scoreline was doubled by English teenager Jerome Sinclair, who secured the points shortly before the hour-mark. 

Liverpool had Kevin Stewart sent-off in the last closing period of the game, but Spurs could not exploit their numerical advantage.

Newcastle United and Derby County played out a four-goal thriller in the north-east, as the visitors sealed a 3-1 victory.

The Rams were two goals up after just seven minutes as they put the hosts to the sword. 

Talented 19-year-old Charles Vernam grabbed the opening strike in the first minute of play, and it was 2-0 six minutes later, as prodigious forward Timi Elsnik added his name to the scoresheet.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 03:  Charles Vernam of Derby County U21 in action during the U21 Professional Development League 2 North match between Coventry City U21 and Derby County U21  at Sixfields Stadium on April 3, 2014 in Northampton, England.  (Ph
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Hotly tipped Lewis McNall pulled one back for the Magpies on the stroke of half-time, but Derby re-established their two-goal cushion with an effort by Spaniard Ivan Calero.

Aston Villa believed they had edged the Midlands derby against Wolverhampton Wanderers, leading 2-1 in the final three minutes before a last-gasp equaliser. However, Villa promptly attacked before the final whistle was blown, miraculously adding a third to break Wolves hearts.

A penalty from Jack Grealish got Villa on the front foot in the first half, but Wolves quickly levelled the score through Bright Enobakhare.

Villa thought the winner had come from Jerell Sellars—13 minutes from the final whistle—but a Tommy Rowe goal at the end of the match appeared to have earned the hosts a share of the spoils.

However, there was still time for Sellars to grab a dramatic winner in the first minute of stoppage time, as Villa ran out 3-2 victors. 

Division 1 basement side Leicester City earned a rare point at the bottom of the table, drawing 1-1 with Middlesbrough. Midfielder Thomas McAloon scored the opener for the Boro midway through the first half, but a goal nine minutes from time by Joe Dodoo saved the day for the Foxes.

Brighton and Hove Albion and West Bromwich Albion played out a goalless draw on the south coast, leaving the Seagulls rooted to the bottom of Division 2.

United have seen a number of their games delayed from earlier in the season, but they are now on a roll and will feel they can catch Sunderland.

The Black Cats smashed their way to the top of the league, taking advantage of their games at the start of the campaign, but they couldn't score against United when they desperately needed to keep the distance between themselves and their nearest league rivals.