Manchester United Reserves coach Warren Joyce feels the Barclays Under-21 Premier League play-off with Liverpool next Friday will be like a final for his youngsters.
The Reds clinched a semi-final place in the most dramatic of circumstances with a 3-2 win at Reading on Thursday night as Paddy McNair scored in the final minute of stoppage time. As third place in the table is secured, a trip to Anfield awaits the holders and extends a league campaign that looked to be ending when the Royals took the lead with 11 minutes left at the Madejski Stadium.
There is still a Manchester Senior Cup final against City, who could compete in the other Under-21 tie against Chelsea, to be arranged and plenty to look forward to in near future for a determined squad.
"To be fair to them, we set a challenge of having four finals left this season," revealed Joyce to MUTV. "We had to win at Reading, if we didn't, we wouldn't play again but now there's another final against Liverpool. We have to win that to play in another final and then have another final against Manchester City. Hopefully, we can play in all four finals.
"Perhaps really, with the amount of players we sent out on loan in the window, we had no right to get into this situation. Every other club kept people in and brought them back from loan to play their strongest team but we chose to leave ourselves short in several positions. It was just a challenge thrown down to try to improve and develop them as human beings as well as footballers and they have certainly