David Unsworth was encouraged by what he saw from his players, despite United's U18s losing at Leeds United on Saturday.
Speaking after the defeat at Thorpe Arch, Unsworth was keen to focus on the positives despite the scoreline, reserving special praise for Jamie McDonagh.
The Academy Manager, who took the team following the departure of Lead Coach Jamie Hoyland, commented: "The scoreline would suggest it was an easy victory for Leeds, but that was to the contrary, quiet honestly.
"We produced an excellent performance and Leeds clinched the win with a penalty with the final kick of the game.
"The lads produced a really positive display for long periods and five minutes from time we should have equalised.
"The two goals we gave away were sloppy and both were avoidable, but we fought back and scored a terrific individual goal through Jamie (McDonagh), who was the best player on the pitch by a country mile.
"Jamie has found his feet in the last few weeks and he is relishing playing more centrally, that is for sure. He has got bags of ability and he likes to drop off deep and pick the ball up in areas where defenders don't want to play.
"When you see a display like that from one of your young prospects the result becomes irrelevant because it shows players are developing.
"We are delighted with Jamie's progress and we are pleased to see he has earnt international recognition. In youth development it is about the future and making sure our players continue to learn and further their games.
"Of course we want them to win and develop a winning mentality but we always look at the bigger picture."
Blades: Owen, Scarisbrick, J. Williams, Dimaio (Coustrain 77), Banton (Ptak 71), Salt, Khan, Whiteman, McDonagh, Eyre, T. Williams (Smith 45).
Unused: Lynch, Heather.