Man Utd U21 coach Joyce: Senior opposition key to development

Manchester United U21 coach Warren Joyce says playing against senior teams will continue to be pursued.

Joyce said after their 5-1 win at the Class of 92’s Salford City that stepping out of the age-group bubble is what his young guns need.

“We’ve had two games against two non-League sides (the other against Altrincham) so playing against men is what we’re looking for to develop the players,” Joyce said.

“I thought we acquitted ourselves very well. There were a lot of positives and we’ve no injuries.

“I’m pleased to get through it. Fitness is a major part this side of the season but it was a proper test.

“It’s funny at this stage of the season because there’s a lot of lads who you don’t know what’s going to happen to them. You’re just trying to get them fit and playing a certain way.”

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