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Manchester United beat Tottenham in U21 Premier League final

Larnell Cole scored twice for United (©GettyImages)
Larnell Cole scored twice for United (©GettyImages).

Larnell Cole stunned Tottenham Hotspur with a second-half brace to help Manchester United come back from two goals down and secure a 3-2 win and the Under-21 Premier League title.

Both sides started the game tensely, though the more experienced Spurs forwards Harry Kane and Jonathan Obika combined well to threaten goalkeeper Ben Amos with efforts that struck the woodwork.

The visitors' possession helped them take control and their cutting edge was rewarded when Alex Pritchard’s header found the sweeping left-foot of Obika with Amos poorly positioned.

Spurs continued to dominate and found themselves celebrating again 15 minutes later.

Full-back Ryan Tunnicliffe’s loose ball was seized and trickled to Alex Pritchard via Kane’s flick-on and his effort zipped into the far corner for Spurs’ second.

It would take a gung-ho second half for the home side to get back in the game.

The visitors sat back on their laurels as play resumed and were punished by a finely taken strike from defender Marnick Vermijl as the Belgian steered past Jordan Archer to halve the deficit.

United could smell blood and Old Trafford supporters roared on the youngsters as they pressed for an equaliser.

Shaky defending from Spurs eventually led to the match’s fourth goal as Cole pounced on a loose ball to crash home a deserved leveller.

Less than a minute later Tottenham nearly regained their lead but Obika selfishly fired wide with teammate Cristian Ceballos appetisingly positioned.

This would be punished as a series of passes entered the path of Cole, who controlled substitute Tom Lawrence’s cut-back and rifled in two minutes from time to help United to a second league title of the season.

 

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