Man Utd U23s relegated? Not a problem, says academy chief Butt

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Nicky Butt stands by the image of himself on a mural at Manchester United’s academy

One of Manchester United’s proudest boasts is that at least one homegrown player has been in every first-team squad named since 1937.

For the dramatic Manchester derby comeback on 7 April, there were five. Manchester City – crowned runaway Premier League champions a week later – had none.

And with United’s under-18s beating rivals City