Butt returns to Manchester United as coach

The former England midfielder, who spent 12 seasons at Old Trafford and made over 300 appearances, will work with the club's reserve team with a view to going into management
Former Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt has returned to the club in a coaching capacity, aiming to gain experience ahead of a possible future in management.

The 37-year-old, who was part of the famous class of 1992 alongside the likes of Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and David Beckham, made 387 appearances for the senior team before moving to Newcastle in 2004.

Ending his playing career in 2011 after a brief spell in China and subsequently obtaining his coaching badges, Butt is set to earn his stripes with United reserve coach Warren Joyce before looking for a top job of his own.

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"Nicky is with the reserves," United boss Sir Alex Ferguson told the club's official website. "He's completed his badges and is just getting a bit of experience with us so there's every chance of that [him going into management].

"He's had a few opportunities to take on jobs but wanted just a wee bit of a chance to revisit the training ground again to get himself back into sync, which we're happy to do because he was a fantastic servant to us.

"I don't know what his long-term future is but, in the meantime, he's helping out with the reserves."

Alongside his glittering career at Old Trafford, during which he won a Champions League trophy and six Premier League medals, Butt also made 39 appearances for England and United youngster Tom Thorpe welcomed his input.

"It's brilliant," the defender enthused, "especially when a player with a lot of experience comes back and has done it from an early age.

"He was at the club for quite a while and has gone through to the first team. It's great for him to pass on his experience and different ways of playing with different styles."