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Nicky Butt talks about why he left Manchester United and reacts to the Glazers’ protest

Nicky Butt has opened up on his decision to leave Manchester United at a time when the club seems to be moving in the right direction under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

He worked as the head of first-team development but stepped down from his role two months back.

The former United player has played an instrumental role to develop young players through the club’s academy.

Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Dean Henderson, Axel Tuanzebe, Brandon Williams, Scott McTominay and many others have progressed into the first team under his guidance.

His nine-year stint was fruitful, laying the foundations for the club to nurture young talents.

At an event organised by Salford City’s charitable partner Foundation 92, Butt revealed why he made the big call to quit his role at United.

He told Manchester Evening News: “You put [the progress being made] to one side, it’s your own career, when you get to the level I was at, I’d been there as a player for so long, then I went away and came back as a coach and was there again for so long.

“I believe in a working environment you don’t want to stagnate too much, I felt like I was ready for a new challenge whatever that is going to be.

“The time had come, I’d been there on the coaching side for nine years, I felt ready for the next challenge in my football life.

“It came at the right time for me to leave, I left with a smile and I was happy with the success I had at that club, with the help I’d given the young players at the club.

“Developing young people and players is part of what I’m passionate about, without people like that in our lives we wouldn’t be here now, so I was very happy with what I did at the club and there’s a lot of good young players there who will have great careers.”

Butt praises Solskjaer

Butt also appreciated the work put in by his former teammate and current Red Devils’ boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

In his opinion, the team is moving in the right direction and are just a couple of big signings short before they can challenge for the big titles.

“He’s done a great job, he’s galvanised the players, he’s got them moving in the right direction,” he added.

“They’re not challenging yet for the title really, although you never know what can happen, but they’re moving forward and that’s all you can ask for in a football club, that you move forward year by year and get better and better.

“You want to get more points, get to more semi-finals and finals and they’ve done that this year, so they’re moving in the right direction.”

“I think every year Man United have to say this is the year, but it will take a couple of big signings to help the squad get better and get to the next level.”

His comments on the ongoing Glazers Protest

Just like Solskjaer, he also expressed that the fans have to be listened to but insisted that any protest should happen in a peaceful manner.

“I think everyone has a freedom to say what they want and have their thoughts heard, but you can sometimes overstep the mark and it did that the other night,” he said.

“Obviously nobody wants to see police officers being injured, that spoils it because there’s a lot of good fans out there who want to protest the right way.”

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