​Nicky Butt has been confirmed as the new Manchester United Under-23 manager on an interim basis following the departure of Warren Joyce.

The Red Devils took to their ​official website to reveal the news about former player Butt, who has been promoted from within the club's youth set up, while the club conducts a proper search for a new reserve team boss. It is believed, however, that Butt would be on any potential shortlist for the role.

The statement on Man United's website stated: "Nicky Butt is taking charge of Manchester United's Reserves on an interim basis, until a new coach can be found.

"The club's Head of Academy is replacing Warren Joyce, who was appointed as Wigan Athletic manager earlier in the week.

"Butt has previously coached the Under-19 teams that competed in the UEFA Youth League in 2013 and 2015."

Butt's first match in charge of the Premier League 2 side is a friendly encounter with Brentford on Saturday, before attentions turn a league clash with Sunderland on November 21.

The ex-United midfielder had overseen the Under-19s team at United's Carrington training base after returning to the club in a coaching capacity back in 2012.

Butt enjoyed a 12-year first team career with his boyhood club, amassing almost 370 appearances and picking up 11 pieces of silverware along the way. 

He joined Newcastle United in a free transfer deal in the summer of 2004, before taking in spells at Birmingham City and Hong Kong-based side South China ahead of retiring in May 2011.

The 39-times capped England international served as assistant manager to fellow United legends Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs following the departure of David Moyes as United manager in 2014 before being handed a role within the youth set up in Manchester.

Butt takes over from previous imcubent Joyce, who was named as the new head coach of Championship outfit Wigan Athletic on Wednesday.

The 51-year-old signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the Latics after predecessor Gary Caldwell was sacked in October with Wigan 22nd in the Championship table.

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