Manchester United had a revamp of the goalkeeping department this summer with Nathan Bishop among the exits.
Nathan Bishop created a few headlines this summer when he inadvertently collided with Wrexham striker Paul Mullin in the friendly in San Diego, leaving the forward injured with a punctured lung.
Bishop was sold to Sunderland 48 hours later in a pre-planned move. Too late from Wrexham’s perspective.
Life at Sunderland is not straightforward for Bishop, who is serving as back-up to first choice goalkeeper Anthony Patterson.
Nathan Bishop concedes five v Manchester United under-21s
After being an unused substitute in Sunderland’s 5-0 Championship win against Southampton at the weekend, the Black Cats put him into action for the under-21s on Sunday against Manchester United.
This saw Bishop go up against many of the Manchester United players he featured alongside in the friendly against Wrexham last month.
Straight away, it was a chastening experience for the 23-year-old, with Joe Hugill scoring a goal past him inside the first minute.
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Sunderland’s remarkable comeback
Remarkably, Manchester United did not win the game. The match ended 5-5 after a remarkable second half comeback from Sunderland.
The equaliser came in the eighth minute of injury time, sparking wild celebrations among the Sunderland players.
This improved the outlook for former United stopper Bishop, whose nightmare afternoon turned into a salvageable one.
For United’s young players, it was a valuable lesson to never ease up, at any level.