Photo: Nicky Butt of Manchester United Youth Academy in action during a match | Credit: Shaun Botterill/Allsport.
Former United midfielder an a member of the Class of 92, Nicky Butt, 41 years old, has finally filled role vacated at Old Trafford by Brian McClair almost a year ago.
Butt was in the gifted group of young players that also featured David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Phil Neville.
Butt went on to play 387 games for United between 1992 and 2004, during which time he won six Premier League titles and won 39 England caps. He has also had stints at the club as reserve team coach and under-19s coach.
United had been without an academy boss since the departure of Brian McClair in June 2015, during which time it had been widely perceived by pundits that Manchester United may have fallen behind noisy neighbors, Manchester City in youth development.
Photo below: Man United Nicky Butt with fellow Class of 92 members Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.
Announcing the appointment, Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward said: “I am delighted that Nicky has accepted the role of Head of Academy. Nicky has the traditions and heritage of this Club in his blood and he is the natural choice to ensure that, in modernising the way the Academy operates and shaping the new investment we are making, it retains the values and the focus that it has always had.
The news that Manchester United have appointed Nicky Butt as head of United’s academy system filled me with joy.
In the same vein, I hope that Ryan Giggs will fill the top and prestigious managerial role of the Red Devils when Louis Van Gaal finally exits Old Trafford.
Up Man U!