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Another of Fergie’s Fledglings, Nicky Butt was a dependable member of the Red Devils’ set-up in his 12 years at the club. While he was never the flashiest of players, Butt had a knack of scoring crucial goals.
While initially in and out of the first team after making his debut in 1992, he took his chances well deputising for the indomitable Roy Keane and soon became a regular following Paul Ince’s move to Internazionale.
His hard-tackling style of play made him a good fit alongside Keane and he collected many honours during his time at Old Trafford, including a PFA Premier League Team of the Year nod in 1998.
Butt also played a key role in United’s most famous of victories against Bayern Munich, staying on the pitch for the whole game in place of the suspended Keane.
While he moved on to find more regular playing time with Newcastle in 2004, the midfielder would never forget his beginnings at United. He returned in 2012 as a reserve coach, before becoming head of coaching at the Manchester United Youth Academy in 2014. – ZK