Warren Joyce feels his Under-21s have performed better than expected as a key game against Norwich City at Old Trafford approaches.
The penultimate fixture of the league campaign takes place on Thursday evening and victory would take the Reds above Fulham and Southampton in the table with both clubs already completing their 21-game programme. The league will split into two next term with the top half forming the First Division and United are already assured of a place while others, such as Tottenham and Arsenal, are under threat of missing out.
The players had an exhausting time of things at White Hart Lane on Monday when securing a 1-0 victory against a strong Spurs side but Joyce will ask them to perform well again against the Canaries.
"At this stage of the season now, a lot of clubs are fighting to finish in the top half," explained Joyce to MUTV. "If you look at the fixtures, a lot of people are bringing lads back from loans just to try to fight do that.
"We chose not to do that so we've got a very young side and it was a good education against Spurs on how to win games because there were times when we were under the cosh but the lads, particularly in the second half, did a really good job.
"I've said until I'm blue in the face that it's great for young players to play against senior players and, to be fair, I thought Spurs' senior players did it properly because they were at it. They passed and ran and competed so it was