A former Champions League winner has been tasked with revitalising Manchester United's academy

Nicky Butt has been handed a new role by Manchester United's hierarchy

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Former Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt has been named the club's new Head of Academy.

The former Champions League winner replaces Brian McClair who left the club last year to take up a position with the Scottish FA. Butt had previously coached United's reserve team and was Assistant Manager to Ryan Giggs during Giggs short tenure in charge in 2014.

Butt's remit will be to guide youth team players into the first team in a similar way to how he joined the team in the 1990's. The 41-year-old was part of a youth team that included David Beckham and Phil Neville. 

"As someone who learned his trade in the United youth set-up, it’s a huge honour now to be given the chance to lead the Academy and to instil its values and attitudes to continue to create future generations of Manchester United players", Butt told Manchester United's website.

“It’s a big challenge but I am fortunate to be taking over a dedicated, first-class team. Our aim remains the same – to keep supplying the first team with well-coached, rounded players that understand the responsibility of playing for the biggest club in the world.”

In his time at Old Trafford as a player, Butt also won six Premier League medals and three FA Cups.