- Nicky Butt enjoyed an illustrious career as Man United player before he transitioned into coaching
- His most recent role as head of first-team development saw him play a huge role in nurturing talents of homegrown players
- Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Scott McTominay and Co. are among the top players Butt managed to bring through the ranks
Man United head of first-team development manager Nicky Butt has quit his role after nine years in blow to the Red Devils.
The development was confirmed by the club on Wednesday, March 24, with the United legendary midfielder keen on a fresh challenge.
In a statement posted on United's official website, the club thanked him for his contribution in nurturing a host of homegrown players. The statement said:
"He leaves the club with the warmest best wishes of everyone at Manchester United and our thanks for his important contribution to nurturing a succession of homegrown players."
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Butt is hugely credited for his role in bringing Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Scott McTominay and Co. through the ranks during his spell.
The Manchester outfit further took time to wish Butt the very best in his future plans and endeavours.
Speaking on his imminent exit, Butt said it was a privilege to serve under the role he did at Old Trafford, hinting leaving was a difficult decision to make.
Whereas he could not immediately reveal his next destination, the former Man United star said he "looks forward to exploring opportunities" that will build the experience he has earned during his nine-year stint.
"It has been an absolute privilege to come back and work with a new generation of talent making that same journey," he said.
"I already know from my playing days how difficult it is to leave Manchester United, but it feels like the right moment for a new professional challenge," he added.
A United academy graduate himself, Butt did manage to break through the ranks to make it into the senior team where he went on to make almost 400 appearances for the club.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that former Liverpool star Danny Murphy has warned Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be sacked as manager if he fails to win the Europa League for Man United this season.
The Europa League is the only title United are realistically competing in having been dumped out of the FA Cup in the quarter-finals by Leicester City on Sunday, March 21. The Red Devils were stunned 3-1 at the King Power Stadium in the one-legged affair to miss out on a chance to progress to the semifinals.
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