United's U18s gave a creditable performance, but succumbed to a late goal to slip to a narrow defeat at Leicester City on Saturday.
The decisive goal came in the 86th minute, after United had controlled long periods of the second-half and had a handful of half chances, Jamie McDonagh came the closet to breaking the deadlock for the visitors.
Academy Manager Nick Cox, who took the team, commented: "It was a disappointing first-half performance, we struggled to impose ourselves on the game and Leicester pressed us hard.
"We were fortunate to get to the break all square and we improved radically in the second-half.
"To concede so late was bitterly disappointing, but the lads showed great character and it was encouraging to be able to continue to give some of our U16s an opportunity to play.
"At this stage of the season, especially given the backlog of fixtures, the lads deserve a lot of credit for how they have acquitted themselves in the last few weeks.
"The U16s who have had the chance to play have taken it with both hands and it should mean they are able to make a positive start next season having already experienced what is required to succeed."
Blades: Owen, Hodder, Ptak, Whiteman, Scarisbrick, Banton, McDonagh, Dimaio (Reed 45), Smith (Paling 46), Eyre, Coustrain (Cockerline 87).