Paul McShane, against his old club, and Zidane Iqbal went close for the young Reds either side of half-time, but the senior outfit prevailed, courtesy of two goals in the space of three second-half minutes, the first of which was scored by Tom Huddlestone, shortly before the hour.
Di'Shon Bernard, who signed a new deal with United before joining Hull on a season-long loan on Friday, featured for Hull.
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