Nicky Butt has today revealed that he has started taking his coaching badges to fulfil his ambition of becoming a manager.

“I’ve started my badges now and am getting the hours in,” Butt said. “I’ll get assessed in the next five or six months. I go to Carrington a lot and just watch, I don’t really take any of the sessions. I watch what the coaches are doing and how they speak to the kids. Ask any player and the knowledge is in their head. The difficult part is getting the point across and doing it clearly. That is what I’ve got to learn.”

Aside from going to the training ground to learn his trade, Butt has stayed on the books of the club in other roles.

“I’m still doing some of the ambassador work for United, going to places all around the world with the club’s commercial partners,” he said. “I’m also working for MUTV, spending a lot of time with my family and learning to ski – I was not able to do that before when I was a player. There are a lot of things I’m able to do now but my ultimate aim is to be a manager. That’s what I want to do, whenever that happens, but I don’t want to just jump into a job, take it on and not be able to do it. I want to slowly get there and be ready for it.”