Nicky Butt pleased by Manchester United youth breaking into first-team
By Sky Sports HQ
Last Updated: 15/03/16 6:44pm
Nicky Butt, head of the Manchester United academy, has described the influx of youth into United's first-team as "massive" for the club.
This season Marcus Rashford, Guillermo Varela, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Donald Love and Timothy Fosu-Mensah have all been introduced to the senior side, as several established United players have suffered injuries.
And Butt thinks the youngsters have already achieved a lot in making the breakthrough.
"It's massive for the club to have players coming through the Academy. A lot of them have done unbelievably well to get to there," Butt said.
"Maybe it's come from necessity rather than right timing with obviously a lot of injuries that the first-team had, the horrific injuries that we've had.
"But when they've all came on they've come on and done really well."
Butt also revealed manager, Louis van Gaal, allows the former United midfielder freedom to develop the young players at the club.
"He knows he has a massive job on his hands as Man United's first-team manager," Butt said.
"It's a massive job with all the outside influence that comes as well, so he just lets me get on with it, you're the boss, he said, and he'll support me in anyway, so I can't ask for more than that really.
"I go to him if I need anything. If he needs anything he comes to me, and that's just the way it works."
Butt was part of the crop of 1992, the group of young players such as Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Phil Neville, who all had glittering careers at Old Trafford after coming through United's youth ranks.
Nicky Butt was speaking at an event launching a global partnership between Manchester United and Gulf Oil international.