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Nicky Butt: Manchester United will welcome more young players this summer

by Tanveer Arayan

Manchester United’s Head of Academy Nicky Butt has confirmed that he expects to bring in more young players to the club this summer.

Man United have made an effort to boost their youth ranks in recent years, with players such as Matthew Olosunde, Regan Poole and Indy Boonen joining the club.

Butt, who was promoted to the Head of Academy role in February, believes United will add numbers to their youth squads ahead of the next campaign.

When asked about the prospect of bringing in more youngsters, he said: ”I definitely expect that to happen.

”We’re short on a few numbers in the different age groups and it’s something we need to address, something we are addressing and something we will hopefully get over the line in the next few weeks, in time for next season.

“It’s the same as any other club. We all want to attract the best young players in Europe, at whatever age, and we’re exactly the same. We want to attract the best players we can from all over Europe and bring them into what we feel is already a great set-up.”

A number of young players have been given opportunities in the first team under Louis van Gaal this term, with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Joe Riley and Timothy Fosu-Mensah all making the step up.

It has created a sense at Old Trafford that if you are good enough, you are old enough. It is excellent to see that van Gaal and Butt are committed to continuing the tradition of bringing through young talent at United.

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