Manchester United have appointed their former midfielder Nicky Butt as the head of their youth academy.
Butt is a massive fan favourite at Old Trafford and is expected to oversee the overhaul of Manchester United’s famed academy.
The Red Devils have fallen behind the likes of City and Arsenal in terms of youth development since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson and the Premier League giants are keen to address that.
The 41-year-old was an integral part of Manchester United’s Class of 92 along with the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and David Beckham and understands the traditions and values of Manchester United perfectly.
Butt has won six Premier League titles with the club and has been tasked with producing several other talented academy graduates like himself.
Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward has revealed that an agreement has been reached with Nicky Butt. He also explained the reason behind the appointment and claimed that Butt’s passion for the club and his energy were key factors behind the decision.
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.”
“Manchester United’s academy is completely focused on producing young players for our first team.”
“As a graduate of its finest team in the modern era, Nicky will bring passion, energy and experience to drive the academy forward, retaining the characteristics that give us a competitive advantage – namely an unmatched track record of player development together with the runway of first-team action.”