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"There are all sort of issues to resolve to make it as good as possible. We have to comply and make observations as we go along."

- Brian McClair, ManUtd.com

Summary of Under-21 changes

15/08/2012 11:02, Report by Adam Marshall
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McClair handles changes

programme with a number of games right the way through.

"For us, it's pretty critical for Paul McGuinness and Warren Joyce to be involved in deciding things as they're actually doing the job so we'll discover what they think is the best idea of how the games programme fits in, how it's refereed, do we have a code of conduct for coaches, is it going to be mentored? There are all sort of issues to resolve to make it as good as possible. We have to comply and make observations as we go along.

"There are now three over-aged players allowed plus a goalkeeper on the pitch at the same time. Statistically, the Reserves were largely an Under-21 side and have been for a number of years but, if you look at the make-up of the opponents we played last year, many of them had a lot of squad players in them. So, for us, as a learning process, it was very, very good.

"I'm not so sure there will be as many games like that. It's another issue but when there are other people involved in the situation where each club gets a vote and we were left with the majority, all the votes were cast and I was in the minority. You have to fulfil the games programme one way or another and we have to work out what's the best thing for the players - that's paramount.

"We will resolve those things as we go along but if we feel it's best for players to stay here, it's not because of the games programme but because we think it's most beneficial to them. The overall picture is not just playing in these games but involves various other experiences for them. If the manager feels it's the right time for them to go out on loan, they will go out. We may well find next year's statistics show you the Reserves team is even younger than it was over the last couple of years but, again, we'll have to

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