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READ | Paul Warne reflects on defeat against Manchester United U21s

6 August 2019

Paul Warne was left disappointed on Tuesday evening as his much-changed Millers side fell to a 2-0 home defeat to Manchester United U21s in the trophy, but he wants the focus to switch swiftly onto Saturday's Sky Bet League One fixture against Lincoln City.

Despite a tightly contested first half at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, goals from Ethan Laird and Largie Ramazani during the final 45 minutes handed the young Red Devils all three points, leaving Warne frustrated by the lack of cutting edge at times from his players in the final third.

He said: "Our final ball wasn't as crisp as I would've liked and their goalkeeper must have caught about 12 crosses in the second half which is disappointing, but we haven't picked up any injuries so we can dust ourselves down and go again on Saturday.

"We made a lot of changes and it was good to see Akeem Hinds put in a good performance, likewise with Jake Cooper who did really well considering that was his senior debut. In that respect it was good and we needed to get minutes into legs."

With that in mind, the manager believes coming up against players as technically gifted as those Manchester United's prospects will only help the younger members of his squad, and he wants them to use this defeat as a learning curve.

"It was a good test and most of it is about character because they can play, so for Jake to feature alongside Richard Wood is quite a joy for him and I'm sure his experience rubbed off on Akeem too," he added.

"They're early on in their careers as are the Manchester United boys and it's all about levels, but I'm pleased with how the younger lads did and the fixture certainly served a purpose. We could've caused them more problems from set pieces, but that's something we have to look at."

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