24 Facts About Nicky Butt

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Nicholas Butt was born on 21 January 1975 and is an English football coach and former player who was most recently the head of first-team development at Manchester United.

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Nicky Butt played professional football as a midfielder from 1992 to 2011.

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Nicky Butt began his career with Manchester United and spent 12 years in their first-team, winning six Premier League titles, three FA Cups, four FA Community Shields, the UEFA Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup, before moving to Newcastle United in 2004.

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4.

Nicky Butt finished his career abroad, playing for South China where he won the Hong Kong League Cup.

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5.

Nicky Butt was chosen for the 2002 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2004.

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Nicky Butt was part of a notablebatch of Manchester United young talent dubbed Fergie's Fledglings, who had mostly been involved in United's FA Youth Cup winning triumph of 1992 and gradually been introduced into the first team over the next few seasons.

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Nicky Butt performed remarkably in his early seasons as a regular first team player at United, and often started in the lineup, scoring crucial goals, such as against Liverpool in Eric Cantona's comeback match in October 1995, and forcing Nigel Winterburn to concede an own goal for the winner against Arsenal in November 1996 – a game which saw the end of a three-match losing run in the league.

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Nicky Butt still went on to collect many honours at United, as the club capped their domination of the 1990s with a remarkable and unique treble win in 1999, and several more titles in the years up till 2001.

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Nicky Butt handed in a transfer request in January 2004, but turned down a proposed move to Birmingham City during the January transfer window.

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10.

Nicky Butt was signed by Bobby Robson for Newcastle United in July 2004 for a fee of £2.

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11.

However, on 13 February 2006, Nicky Butt walked out on his manager and former Manchester United teammate Steve Bruce, after finding out Bruce placed his son Alex Bruce in the squad ahead of himself, and was later fined two weeks wages.

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12.

Nicky Butt continued to captain Newcastle whenever Parker was injured, and by the end of the season it was widely considered that he had won over the Newcastle fans.

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13.

Nicky Butt started the season as captain, filling in for the injured Michael Owen, and proved to be a popular choice.

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Nicky Butt started fewer games, but still effectively carried out his holding role well, leading his side to gritty shutouts in most of the games he started.

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15.

Club eventually won both promotion to the Premier League and the Championship title, and Nicky Butt announced his retirement in the build-up to Newcastle's last home game against Ipswich Town.

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16.

Nicky Butt scored from a freekick during this game but missed a penalty.

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17.

Nicky Butt featured in midfield for Eric Cantona's New York Cosmos in Scholes' testimonial match against Manchester United at Old Trafford on 5 August 2011.

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18.

Nicky Butt was selected for UEFA Euro 2004, but missed the tournament through injury.

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19.

In October 2012, Nicky Butt returned to Manchester United as a coach for the club's reserve team.

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20.

Nicky Butt was appointed head of the academy in February 2016, a few months after the departure of Brian McClair.

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21.

Nicky Butt briefly served as assistant to Ryan Giggs, after Giggs was made the interim manager of the Manchester United first team, following the departure of David Moyes.

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22.

In March 2021, it was announced that Nicky Butt was to leave Manchester United after 9 years there in various coaching roles within their academy.

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23.

Nicky Butt was arrested and bailed for assaulting a woman in 2004.

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24.

Nicky Butt was arrested for alleged domestic assault in April 2019 but the case was discontinued after the Crown Prosecution Service offered no evidence.

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