Solskjaer comments as Nicky Butt steps down at Manchester United

Nicky Butt has announced he will step down as his role as head of first team development at Manchester United.

The club confirmed the news via the club website, with Butt looking for a new challenge.

Butt has worked at United for nine years around the academy and is credited with the recent improvement. Mason Greenwood is one of the players he has recently overseen through the ranks.

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Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Butt will always be welcome back.

Solskjaer said of his former teammate: “Nicky will always be a legend of Manchester United as a six-time Premier League winner and, of course, an integral part of our Treble-winning team.

“That pedigree has made him a great source of guidance and inspiration to our academy players since he returned to the club.

“We are all going to miss him around the Aon Training Complex but Nicky knows he will always be welcome back.

What next for Butt and Manchester United?

It’s unclear at this stage whether Butt wants to jump into an immediate role somewhere or take his time deciding over his next move.

There could be a role for him at Salford, or working with Phil Neville and David Beckham in Miami. Or he could branch out and look carve out his own path.

Butt’s track record of working with talented young players will stand him in good stead for a role somewhere and he will come with glowing references from his time at Carrington.

It’s unclear whether United are looking to replace him, with an internal or external candidate, or simply combine his role in with technical director Darren Fletcher’s, who is supporting new director of football John Murtough.

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