Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward believes that Nicky Butt will bring passion, energy and experience to the club’s academy.
Butt was appointed as the new United Head of Academy on Monday and the former England international looks an ideal choice as he is a graduate of the academy’s famed Class of ’92 and made over 350 appearances for the first team.
Woodward is delighted that Butt has taken on the role and believes that the 41-year-old will bring plenty of positive qualities to his new job.
Woodward told the club’s official website: “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.
“In the last four years, some 15 Academy graduates have played for the first team, playing a total of 173 appearances – a record of which the Club is very proud.”