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The ex-England international is confident that the Red Devils' recent slip of form will not continue, but admitted he believes some of the players need a "kick up the backside"

Former Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt fully expects the current poor form of Sir Alex Ferguson's young side to end sooner rather than later.

Butt, who came through the United academy in the early 90s, believes the young squad can get over the blow of dropping out of the Champions League, but insists they must do so quickly.

Speaking to the BBC, Butt said: "It is a massive test but it's one I think they will overcome,

"They need to get over the blow of going out of the Champions League pretty quickly if they are going to get anything from this season.

"It's important to bounce back from bad results when you play for a club like Manchester United and it will be a test of character to see if they can do that.

"They haven't got the experienced players, they have young players and they started the season pretty well but they're having their first blip now.

"Everyone goes through that in their careers and it's up to them to prove they are good enough to play for this club."

With several of United’s more experienced players ruled out with injury the burden of sorting out their form will fall on the younger generation at the club.

“Maybe they deserve a bit of a kick up the backside,” Butt added. “But with the people they've got around them and the manager they've got there, they'll be okay with that.

"You're there to be shot at when you play for a big club and they have to accept that.

“They have to take it from certain people and maybe deserve that.”