Former Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt has revealed the best player he ever played with at Manchester United – besides Eric Cantona – in an interview with the Times.
Butt spent 12 years as a player at Old Trafford, winning six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a Champions League trophy, and was part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s famed ‘Class of ’92’ that also included the likes of David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville.
Speaking with the Times, the former England midfielder opened up on a wide range of topics including his coaching role at the club and why he’s roped in the ‘circus’ to help young players develop their bio-mechanic skills.
He then went on to reveal that the best player he ever played with at United, besides Frenchman Cantona, was none other than Juan Sebastian Veron – a declaration that will come as a shock to many considering the Argentine’s hit-and-miss career at Old Trafford and subsequent move to Chelsea.
Butt said: “There have been superstars who’ve come to this club and can’t live with it. Juan Verón comes to mind. Verón was the best player I’ve ever seen, except Cantona.
“In training he was like something I’d never seen. I was suspended against Everton [in 2001], he played and I sat there and thought: ‘I’ll never play for United again, that’s me done, I’ll have to get a move.”
He later added that while Veron was technically an unbelievable player, the reason for his mixed United career was because the former Argentina international didn’t ‘know what it meant to be a United player’.
Butt – now 41 – is currently the head of United’s academy set-up, while Veron is the chairman of his former club, Club Estudiantes de La Plata.