Maybe seen as one of the less flamboyant players in the young group of footballers known as ‘Fergie’s Fledglings’ Butt was nevertheless an important member of the Manchester United team that dominated English football in the ‘90s. As one of the young members of the team at the time, we take a look at some of the best quotes about Nicky Butt.
Along with the likes of David Beckham, Paul Scholes, and Gary Neville, Butt came through the youth system at the club, and matured as a team of world beaters years later.
His 12-year spell at Old Trafford was characterized by a host of titles; six Premier Leagues, one Champions League, and three FA Cups. Butt was a crucial part of the midfield line-up playing alongside the likes of Scholes and Roy Keane. Despite all the success, Butt moved on from the club due to limited appearances in the latter years.
He played for Newcastle United and even for South China but saw limited success. He was however brought back to Manchester United to help with the coaching of the youth team where he had successfully learned his trade all those years ago. Butt stayed nine years at the club’s academy.
Along with his former team-mates Ryan Giggs, Scholes, Gary and Phil Neville, Butt became the co-owner of the football club Salford City in 2014. Known affectionately worldwide as part of the ‘Class of ’92, Butt also participated in 39 internationals for the England national team.
“Nicky has been a wonderful ambassador.” Chris Hughton (Newcastle United manager)
“Nicky has been magnificent for us this season when his experience has been invaluable.” Sam Allardyce (Newcastle United boss)
“Nicky has given Manchester United great service.” Alex Ferguson
“Nicky has been a wonderful footballer.” Chris Hughton
“Nicky has given everything over the last few weeks.” Steve Bruce (Birmingham City manager)
“…..player with a lot of experience comes back and has done it from an early age.” Tom Thorpe (Manchester United reserves player)
“…..he was a fantastic servant to us.” Alex Ferguson
“…..a model professional throughout his career.” Chris Hughton
“Nicky has the traditions and heritage of this club in his blood.” Ed Woodward (Manchester United executive vice-chairman)
“I always remember when we were in trouble at times at United, Sir Alex would put Nicky Butt in midfield with Roy Keane.” Gary Neville
“Nicky will always be a legend of Manchester United as a six-time Premier League winner.” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer