Nicky Butt happy seeing Van Gaal give kids their chance

Manchester United academy chief Nicky Butt is delighted with the progress of their young players this season.

Louis van Gaal has handed a raft of youngsters their chance this term and Butt says it makes him proud. 

“We’ve got some really fantastic young players at the club who are good people and good players,” Butt told

 “They are on a pathway into the first team and sometimes it comes a bit sooner than for others.”

“It’s something we’re really proud of, when a lad gets into the first-team squad, and it is something we should all shout about. 

Maybe we don’t do that enough and maybe we’re a bit too modest with what we do. But no, we get on with it and get players in the first team and let everybody shout how good we are at pushing them through.”

“Some of our coaches have been here a lot longer than me and are fantastic at that.”

When asked about the prospects even further down the production line, Butt said: “It’s the aim for any football team, to get your own youngsters on board and playing in the first team, regularly adding to the superstars that you buy in from all over the world.

“We’ve got a lot of good young players and we’ve seen quite a few of them this year. There are a lot more in the background.”

“Some of them are injured and have been a bit unfortunate and some of them are not quite there yet. But I’m quite comfortable we have got a lot of good footballers.”

“Like I said before, maybe we need to add a few numbers to that and get a bit better on that side of it.”

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