Man United eager to tie down former midfield star long-term

Manchester United are eager to extend club legend Nicky Butt’s stint as their academy boss, according to the Daily Mail.

The former Old Trafford midfielder is reportedly one of the club’s prime candidates to head up their youth development in a complete overhaul of their current setup.

The Red Devils are said to be keen to improve the area having fallen behind arch rivals Manchester City, who enjoy a fine reputation in that regard.

Chief executive Ed Woodward is understood to have conducted an extensive review of the system on Monday and Butt has not yet committed long-term.

The former England international midfielder has been the head of coaching youth development recently, though the shake up means every position underneath is reportedly up for grabs.

The Manchester giants are thought to be striving towards creating stronger links between their academy and the first-team.

Butt himself is a prime example of United’s proud tradition in that regard, having been a key member of the famous Class of ’92 under Sir Alex Ferguson.