Legendary Manchester United midfield enforcer – Nicky Butt

MANCHESTER - AUGUST 10: Nicky Butt of Manchester United in action during the Manchester United v Boca Juniors Unicef Benefit match at Old Trafford in Manchester, England on August 10, 2002. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Nicholas Butt better known as Nicky Butt was born on 21 January 1975 in Gordon Manchester.

The present Manchester United Academy Head Coach was a defensive midfielder during his playing days after graduating from United’s academy in 1992. Butt was known for his hard tackling and utility ability which saw him play in several positions in both defence and midfield at the time. Though he wasn’t an ever-present player for United during his time due to the presence of Roy Keane and Paul Ince, Butt began to feature regularly at the club after the exit of Ince in 1995 to Inter Milan.

Butt will go on to win six Premier League trophies, one UEFA Champions League, Three FA Cups as well as earning 39 caps for England having started most of the games in the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan under Sven Goran Ericsson. Butt is also known as part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s fledglings alongside Salford FC’s co-owners Phil Neville, Gary Neville;  Paul Scholes and David Beckham.

The defensive midfield’s best season was the 1997/1998 season where he made the PFA Team of the Year as he seamlessly replaced Roy Keane who was injured for most part of the season. Butt also played the full 90 minutes of the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich due to the suspension of Roy Keane, a game United came back from 2-0 to win in extra time. Butt will continue to see less playing time due to the conversion of Paul Scholes from a striking role to midfielder with Ferguson preferring to partner Scholes with Keane. This new situation reached it’s climax in 2004 January as the midfielder submitted a transfer request before leaving for Newcastle United (£2.5 million) in 2004 after making 270 league appearances and scoring 21 goals in the process.

Despite his exit , Butt still remains a legend at Old Trafford due to his loyalty, longevity and service through all the years for the North West club.