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Nicholas "Nicky" Butt  (*  21th January  1975  in  Manchester ) is a retired English  Soccer player . The 39-time England international was mostly in the central defensive  midfield  and spent twelve years as a professional between 1992 and 2004  Manchester United . Parts of his trophy collection are six English championships ( 1996 ,  1997 ,  1999 ,  2000 ,  2001 ,  2003 ), three FA Cup editions (1996, 1999, 2004) and 1999 the  Champions League title . He participated in the with great success  World Cup 2002 in Japan and South Korea  and due to injury with less fortune at the  Euro 2004 in Portugal  part. With the exception of one year on loan, he spent between 2004 and 2010 in  Birmingham  - the last few years in English professional football for  Newcastle United .

Butt was part of the youth department of  Manchester United  and won under youth coach Eric Harrison in 1992 alongside later national team-mates such as  Gary Neville  and  David Beckham  as well as the Welsh  Robbie Savage  and  Ryan Giggs  against  Crystal Palace  the  Youth edition of the FA Cup . He gained his first professional experience on 21.  November 1992 when he was head coach  Alex Ferguson  during the 3-0 win against  Oldham Athletic  for  Paul Ince  substituted. However, it remained his only use during the 1992/93 season and during the following season 1993/94 he got another chance in just one league game. The first sporting highlight was his participation in the FA Cup semi-finals in April 1994, which again ended with a 1-1 draw against Oldham Athletic.

During the 1994/95 season Butt came regularly to the central midfield position and although "United" did not win a title, the newcomer had especially in the  Champions League  attracted attention with six missions. When Ince finally left the club in 1995, it was not least thanks to Butt that the sporting void at the side of  Roy Keane  could be closed promptly. Although he did not have a comparable goal risk, with his mature playing system he was soon one of the most influential players in the Premier League, at the end of which he won the  Doubles  the end  English championship  and  FA Cup  was standing. Two particularly important hits are for him in the league game against  Liverpool FC  as well as in the cup against the  Sunderland AFC  (2: 2 each) succeeded.

After a spectacular 4-0 win on 11.  August 1996 in the  Charity Shield game - the English equivalent of the  Supercups  - against  He defended Newcastle United , in which Butt had scored the goal to make it 2-0, in the 1996/97 season  Premier League title . The midfielder, who has meanwhile been promoted to English U-21 captain, had to contend with injuries in the meantime, but he played in 26 league games and scored five goals - it should remain the best result of his entire career in English football.  Although coach Ferguson henceforth placed the first in the attack  Paul Scholes  retreated into midfield and thus gave Butt additional competition, little changed in its status. However, this was also due to Keanes serious injury in September 1997 and Butt came in a season 1997/98, which ended disappointingly without a title, in the mostly defensive midfield on a total of 33 league appearances.  In the 1998/99 season he then lost his more or less fixed place in United midfield. The locks against him for two reasons were just as unhelpful  red cards  within five days against the  FC Barcelona  and the  Arsenal FC  were pronounced. Depending on the tactical orientation, he had to find his place next to Roy Keane or Paul Scholes and found himself on the bench more often. Nevertheless, the season was a great success for him too. Although he had no part in the FA Cup final win against Newcastle United (2-0), he won another  English championship title  and there both Keane and Scholes in the finals of the  Champions League  against the  FC Bayern Munich  were suspended, Ferguson bet on the duo Butt-Beckham in midfield center and was successful with this measure - his team won the " triple " with a 2-1 win.

Also in the 1999/2000 season, in which he fought with Scholes for the place at Keanes side and represented the Irish in September 1999, he acted in a 5-0 win against the  Chelsea FC  a dismissal. This led to a suspension of three parts, which Butt used to have an operation on the groin. After his comeback in November 1999, he met in the disappointing overall  Club World Cup 2000  against  Vasco da Gama  (1: 3) and won another one at the end of the season  English championship . It is true that again he had not taken care of the playful highlights and against the  Watford FC  Another red card "bought", but coach Ferguson continued to appreciate Butt's reliability.  After the fifth  Premier League title in 2001  and a subsequent untitled 2001/02 season, Butt's prospects deteriorated increasingly. This was due to a three-month break, which Butt against an injury from an international match  Macedonia  Had to insert in October 2002, increasing competition on his position - here fell above all  Phil Neville  on. Regardless, he won his sixth in the 2002/03 season  Premier League title  and the following year the  FA Cup . The cup final against the  Millwall FC  (3-0) was Butts last competitive game for Manchester United and was limited to a substitution in the 84.  Minute for the Scot  Darren Fletcher . After speculation about a change to the  Middlesbrough FC  or  Tottenham Hotspur  had increased, Butt switched to that of in the summer of 2004 for £ 2.5million  Bobby Robson  supervised  Newcastle United  and signed a four-year contract there.  Butt himself had previously asked for a change in January 2004, an immediate offer from  Birmingham City  but also rejected

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