Manchester United’s Head Of Academy, Nicky Butt is preparing to see a few of his U19 players leave the club on loan this January.
He firmly believes that playing more football at senior level is of greater importance than winning trophies at youth level. The Red Devil U19 side is looking to break wind in the UEFA Youth Cup this season as the Round Of 16 draws get revealed in February 22.
However, the team could get weakened severely if their top players leave in the upcoming window. Speaking to the MUFC.com regarding the loand market, Butt was quoted – “It will affect the Under-19s [as a team]. But if you ask any Manchester United fan or Ed [Woodward] or the owners or the manager, they want players in the first team. That’s my job. That’s the job of the Academy coaches – to get players in the first team. If you can win competitions as well, that’s the best thing you can do.”
”Is it good to have some players just waiting for an Under-19s game to come along? No. So we are looking to get players out on loan to develop them so they come back better players and better people for our club, with a real chance on playing on the biggest stage in the world.”
Like any good academy coach, Butt wants to see his players establish themselves against prime professionals. He further added, ”It’s not right to keep players behind to play in the Under-19s in March to win things. It isn’t right. We’d like to win the UEFA Youth League but it’ll be more beneficial for our players to go out on loan and maybe become men and stand on their own two feet, in order to come back to the club as better players and better people.”