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Nicky Butt 1994-2005 367 Games 26 Goals

November 18, 2009

Written by: Adam Carpenter

Nicky was born in Greater Manchester in 1975 and again just like beckham, scholes, giggs, the Neville brothers, Nicky was a product from the same youth academy at the same time. He had a long career at United compared to a modern day player, spending 12 years at the theatre of dreams. During his time with the red devils, he has never been the cleanest of players and always loved a good tackle. His discipline record went to show for that picking up numerous yellow cards. However he was the type of player you would want in your team for a local Manchester derby or a fierce game with Liverpool. An all round energetic, tough tackling midfielder and had a tidy finish when he connected well. The day Sir Alex decided to sell Nicky was a very sad one for the united fans and Sir Alex himself. He admitted that Butt had given Man United wonderful service and a sad moment for the club, but he also understood that Nicky wanted to play first team football. He was sold to Newcastle United in July 2004 for £2.5 million. During his time with us he managed to help us to 5 premier leagues, 3 F.A. cups and a European cup.

Since he joined Newcastle, where he currently plays to this day, he has started to see more first team football. He has been drafted in and out of the team but since the sides’ relegation to the championship he has started to play fewer games which is weird as he has played much more regularly for them in the Premier League. He has never changed his style of play and has also accumulated a mass amount of yellow cards up on weir side.

Nicky’s international career with England failed to ever really take off. He won his first England cap back in 1996 against Mexico and to be fair to him, he did make the squads regularly. However despite making the squads regularly he was never a regular starter for England and had to always cover for the likes of Lampard, Gerrard and Paul Scholes. The best part of Nicky’s England career by far was his performances in the world cup 2002, this was as he was a replacement to the absent Steven Gerrard through injury. Some even went as far as saying he was England’s best player and some saying he was the best player in the whole tournament, this was said by Pele, despite his team Brazil winning the tournament. He was playing as a holding midfielder in this tournament. He retired from international football in 2004 as he bowed out against Spain in February 2004.

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