Want to be a true Manchester United player? Look no further than Nicky Butt, reserves boss Warren Joyce tells kids

By Chris Bailey

Fergie fledgling Nicky Butt is proving a big hit with Manchester United’s current youngsters, according to reserves boss Warren Joyce.

The retired midfielder – who turned 38 on Monday – was in the Red Devils’ youth class of 1992 alongside Old Trafford heroes Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Gary and Phil Neville.

Now, two decades later, Butt has come full-circle to help out the next batch of United hopefuls while he trains towards his coaching badges.

“It’s great for the boys to see the true, proper Manchester United players like Nicky,” said Joyce in match-day programme Inside United.

“They can listen to them to see how they are as people, as well as obtaining their input for information to improve them

“It’s a good experience for the boys. It gives them an example of what it takes to be a United player with real principles to the core and how normal, humble and hard-working they are.”

Butt made nearly 400 Red Devils appearances over an 11-year period before his 2004 switch to Newcastle United in search of more first-team football.

And Joyce believes his youth players should use examples like the ex-England international to improve not just as footballers, but human beings.

“I think everybody who works in the Academy here has a clear idea of what qualities United players should have as a person as well as a player,” said Joyce.

“We’re trying to mould them as people as well as all the things that are involved in being a professional footballer – the technical, tactical and physical stuff.

“We’re trying to mould personalities as well so that being a Manchester United player means something.”

Picture courtesy of michael.kjaer, with thanks

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