to MUTV


"You see some of the lads go out and come back while others go and thrive. It sets you up for playing against men. All due respect to the Under-21s but it's just a step up from the youth team really. It's not like back in the day when you played against men and older players. It's about going out to compete against men in matches that means something, whether that's staying in the league, chasing play-off places or even the other players have got contracts to fight for by staying in the league. That side of things is important. They will see a lot of things in the dressing room, like arguments, which will make them into men. They need that so, when they come back, they walk differently, and are more comfortable around the first-team players. Hence, they're more comfortable when they train with the first team."