Ex Man United Champions League WinnerNicky Butt has been named as Manchester United’s head of first-team development.

The 44-year-old was head of the club’s academy but will now report to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and will help “create a seamless journey for young players stepping up to the next level”.

Butt told the club’s official website:

“Manchester United is in my DNA and this is a very proud moment for me as I take on this new role.

I am passionate about nurturing, developing and coaching the talent we have here to become top players at this club.

Under Ole’s leadership, our vision will ensure that we continue to provide the right environment for our young players to thrive in.”

Nicky Butt made 387 appearances for United and Pele voted him England’s best player by at the 2002 World Cup.

His appointment will see him play a direct role between the academy and the manager and hopefully will ensure academy players get an opportunity to play in the first team.

Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward believes the restructure will help United’s young stars make the step up to the first team and according to The Independent said;

These changes will further enhance the excellent work and results we have seen over many decades in our academy system and enable us to continue our proud traditions of producing world-class players capable of playing and excelling in the first team.

It would seem a sound plan for a club who until quite recently dominated English football. Manchester United have lost their way in recent years and if they can get back on track the potential for them to dominate football again is clearly there.