Scholes admits he was devastated when this player left Manchester United

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has revealed he was not happy when Nicky Butt left the club, describing the midfielder as his ‘best mate’ at Old Trafford.

Despite the departures of several of his class of 92 teammates, Scholes has admitted that Butt’s departure was the one that affected him most, as he had grown up with Butt and was best friends with the England international.

“It was all part of football. When you start out with those five or six lads you hope that you’ll be there for the next 20 years,” Scholes told DAZN.

“Unfortunately it doesn’t always work out that way. You lose people along the way. Nicky went and Nicky was my best mate – I’d grown up with him since I was 12 or 13. You’re devastated, I really was devastated.”