Nicky Butt has praised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s impact at Manchester United and said he hopes he stays on as manager.
It’s a huge vote of confidence from a colleague, with Butt working as United’s head of academy.
Intriguingly, Butt says his former teammate has blocked the departures of up to three youngsters who would have left on loan.

Butt’s backing

Speaking to The Mirror, Butt said: “This opportunity has come and I know he’s delighted to have that. I spoke to him on many occasions and I also know that he’s going to take it with both hands and try and grab hold of that for as long as he can and hopefully it’ll be a long, long time.”

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On outgoings

Butt added: “The dynamics have changed now because the two or three lads that were going to go out on loan are now being involved in the training camps, involved in training, on the bench, in the squad.”

Analysis

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Butt’s comments highlight the feelgood factor Solskjaer has brought back to United.

United have a 100 per cent record so far in Solskjaer’s first month, transforming players like Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford.
He has also brought youngsters through, with Angel Gomes featuring in Solskjaer’s second game in charge, and Tahith Chong making his first team debut.

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It’s possible Chong and Gomes were among the players Butt was alluding to who could have been sent out on loan.
James Garner has been in the first team squad lately too, while Solskjaer has added that Mason Greenwood is close to pushing for a first team spot.
Solskjaer has already confirmed he is keeping Scott McTominay put, who had been linked with a loan move to Celtic,
The Mail reported.
There is a lot for fans to be excited about and having a manager who wants to pick young attacking players like Gomes and Chong instead of sending them out on loan is an encouraging sign.
Butt’s academy lads are likely to get even more game time under Solskjaer as the season progresses.
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