Ole: Nicky knows the standard we need

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the appointment of Nicky Butt as Head of First Team Development will help Manchester United extend a proud record of nurturing young talent.

At his press conference for Thursday’s live MUTV game against Tottenham, the boss outlined the responsibilities Nicky will take on in his newly-created role, which was announced on Monday.

“There's always been a big void since I was at the club, when I took the Reserves, about how the pathway is going to be from Under 18s to the first team. It's a difficult one,” Ole added.

“We've got different examples, but this club has been based on young players coming through and we'll always rely on kids coming through and Nicky is going to be in charge of that.”

Nicky Butt
Nicky Butt has been promoted to the newly-created position of Head of First Team Development.

Butt, a member of the club’s famous ‘Class of 92’ generation, will report directly to his former team-mate, who cited Scott McTominay as a current player for Academy hopefuls to look up to.

“Scott is a good example of what we expect from or hope for our youngsters. He's been patient,” the Norwegian said.

“I hope he's going to break through properly this season, or I'm sure he's going to have a great impact on the team and with Nicky now having the job, Nicky knows what we'll want from players.

“He knows what the demands are and the standards are for young players coming through.”

Butt said his promotion marked a ‘proud moment’ for him.

“I am passionate about nurturing, developing and coaching the talent we have here to become top players at this club,” he added, in the official announcement.

“Under Ole’s leadership, our vision will ensure that we continue to provide the right environment for our young players to thrive in.”

Nick Cox, who has succeeded Butt as Head of Academy, said the restructure would allow us to “maximise the potential” of all future prospects who come through the system.

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