Manchester United Under-18s coach Kieran McKenna believes the standard of youth football in England compares favourably to anywhere else in Europe. Citing the draw with Manchester City in early December as a perfect illustration of his point, McKenna feels the level being reached can match anything on the continent. United ultimately finished fourth in the top division after an entertaining campaign and the former Tottenham youth coach believes the challenge is to provide appropriate steps for youngsters when they move up from the Academy league. "I think there are a lot of things in this country we’re doing right in Academy football," McKenna told Inside United during an in-depth review of the campaign. "I think the standard of games is really high and we’ve had some terrific games this year. "After the derby with Manchester City here [at the Aon Training Complex] before Christmas, the 2-2 draw, a lot of coaches at national level said to me it was the best game of Under-18 football they’d seen this season – and in quite a few other seasons as well. I thought it was two really good sides going toe to toe and everything you want to see in a high-level youth game. "I’d say the ones against City, Chelsea and some of the games with Liverpool have been probably as high a level of games as Real Madrid versus Barcelona or Bayern Munich versus Borussia Dortmund – or any game you might have in Europe at that level. "I think there are a lot of good things in the Academy system but I feel the biggest challenge is still what comes at the next step when they leave the youth team and when they progress. How do we get them opportunities to play competitive football? "Whether that will be with first teams, on loan, in the Under-23s, I think that next step of the pathway is something everyone in youth development is looking at and trying to refine to make sure some of the good work going through the Academies ends with the players at the end of it getting the right opportunities at the right times." Read more from the interview with Kieran McKenna in the new edition of Inside United, out now.