Manchester United U21 coach Warren Joyce isn't a fan of the new U21 Premier League.
Joyce has often stressed the value of his youngsters being tested against older opposition, which is why a number of players are sent out on loan by the club to further their education.
"I don't think [the Under-21 League] is as good a test as it was [in the Reserves] last year," admitted Joyce to MUTV. "I think that was a far greater test.
"Last year, there were five or six men in every single game. Maybe Arsenal had some slightly older ones and they are good quality players but, at this sort of stage now, in the Reserves level where the next step is the first team, you need to play against men.
"That brings the boys on. They can learn so much from how proper professionals handle themselves.
"So, if they're going to step into the first team, it's not going to be a shock to them as they've played against men before."