Gary Neville equally devastated when Paul Scholes’ “best mate” left Man Utd
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Gary Neville was as gutted as Paul Scholes when Nicky Butt left Manchester United.
Scholes recently opened up on Butt, who he had grown up with at Old Trafford, becoming frustrated at his lack of game time at United and deciding to move to Newcastle in 2004.
"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."
Scholes was understandably upset that the Class of '92, along with Neville brothers Gary and Phil, David Beckham and Ryan Giggs, was splitting up.
Gary Neville was as gutted as Paul Scholes when Nicky Butt left Manchester United
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Scholes' comments are interesting as they almost mirror those from Neville, who also recently spoke out about Butt leaving.
"I was devastated because it felt like the gang was breaking up. I remember exactly the moment when Phil Neville and Nicky Butt left," Neville told Sky Sports' Off Script Podcast.
"We were on tour in America with Nicky, we always knew what each other was thinking all the time, we'd always go around to each other's rooms, we'd always be sat in the same seats on the bus talking to each other, so there wasn't anything about each other that we didn't know.
"Nicky had become a little bit more frustrated with 25-30 games a season, in the team and out the team, he said he wants to go and play for Newcastle, he feels like he needs to be number one, doesn't want to be three or four anymore.
Neville and Paul Scholes were sad when Nicky Butt left Man United
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"I remember him leaving that tour in America and going back to England to sign for Newcastle. The only feeling I've ever had like that in football is when Gazza, Phil or Nicky were left out of the England squad in 1998.
"When you see your team-mate leaving, it was extremely sad and Nicky leaving was a big disappointment."
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