Nicky Butt was delighted with Manchester United’s 2-0 win against Real Sociedad in the UEFA Youth League on Tuesday afternoon.
The victory, against a Sociedad team who had won all three previous group-stage fixtures (including away at United a fortnight ago), keeps the Under-19s well and truly in the hunt for a spot in the competition’s knockout stages.
With group leaders Shakhtar Donetsk and Bayer Leverkusen drawing 2-2, United’s win leaves Butt’s side third in the table with two games to play, three points behind Real Sociedad and one behind the Ukraine outfit.
“It was very important for us to win the game,” Butt told MUTV. “It's given us a chance to reach the latter stages of this league.
“More importantly, it was the performance we were looking for. We know we have a lot of quality in that dressing room but we haven't really shown it in the games.
“Today, they stuck at it, the work-rate was phenomenal, they got the rewards and I think it was the right result.”
The Reds went ahead after just 11 minutes when James Wilson volleyed home Sam Byrne’s superb cross to notch his fourth goal of this season’s competition. Byrne then teed up Joe Rothwell for United’s second, shortly after the half-time interval.
Butt’s side had to weather something of a mini Spanish storm midway through the second half but stood firm to record the win and, just as pleasingly, a clean sheet.