Monday, 14th April, 2014

Manchester United Under-21 coach Warren Joyce is looking for a top half finish in the Under-21 Premier League this season, after they won the league last season.

The former Bolton Wanderers midfielder believes that defending the trophy was always going to be difficult after Manchester United decided to loan out a bunch of youngsters in January this year.

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"Obviously there are three games left now, at least three", explained Joyce to MUTV.

"We gave ourselves a tall order, maybe at Christmas, when we put as many lads out on loan as we did. But we felt it was the time for these lads to get tested at this level.”


The Englishman believes that the squad are looking for a top half finish this season, although a semi-finals spot is still not out of the question.

"The main objective is to finish in the top half this season with the league splitting into two. With a bit of luck, it' looks like we're on our way to doing that.”

Manchester United Under-21 side won the Under-21 Premier League last season by beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 in the final with a goal from Marnick Vermijl and a brace from Larnell Cole.

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