Man Utd academy director Butt arrested

Former Manchester United and England player Nicky Butt was arrested on Tuesday afternoon- Former Manchester United and England player Nicky Butt was arrested on Tuesday afternoon

Former Manchester United and England player Nicky Butt was arrested on Tuesday afternoon- Former Manchester United and England player Nicky Butt was arrested on Tuesday afternoon

Former Manchester United footballer Nicky Butt has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a woman.

The 44-year-old, who won six Premier League titles and a Champions League winners medal during his playing days at Old Trafford, is thought to have been arrested at his home in Hale on Tuesday afternoon.

The woman was reported to have suffered a small cut to her hand and did not require hospital treatment.

Nicky Butt's arrest comes on the back of fellow class of '92 star Paul Scholes landing in hot soup for allegedly placing bets on over 140 football matches.

He is viewed as a highly-regarded former professional who, in his coveted role, is charged with setting an example for and providing coaching and inspiration to the next generation of United heroes.

The arrest came during the time Manchester United officials were focussing on the team's trip to the Nou Camp, and were reportedly left scrambling to understand the nature and details surrounding the incident. He also played for Newcastle United and Birmingham City and has 39 England caps.

Butt has been married to Shelley Barlow since 2008 and the couple have two children.

Greater Manchester Police would only confirm that a 44-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and remains in custody for questioning.