Manchester United coach Nicky Butt reveals club hire circus performers to teach academy kids FALLING techniques


NICKY BUTT has revealed Manchester United are using a circus performer to teach academy kids how to FALL properly.

Class of 92 legend Butt, 41, reckons today’s PlayStation-mad youngsters are ill-equipped for the rough and tumble of a pro career.

Nicky Butt says Manchester United have hired a circus performer to teach the youngsters at Old Trafford how to fall
Nicky Butt says Manchester United have hired a circus performer to teach the ill-equipped youngsters at Old Trafford how to fall down properly
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The tough-tackling former midfielder is now head of the Old Trafford academy
The tough-tackling former midfielder is now head of the Old Trafford academy
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And the tough-tackling ex-midfielder — now head of the Old Trafford academy — said: “Our lads don’t know how to fall, roll, and you should see the amount of injuries we get from popped shoulders or their arms.

“I probably fell out of a tree 15 times and never hurt myself. I don’t think my son’s ever climbed a tree.

“Body mechanics lose so much when you’re not climbing trees, not playing basketball, cricket, rugby. I played rugby, cricket, football, basketball.

“You look at Ryan Giggs, top players, they just flow with their movement, doing it with ease.

“Look at the United squad, they’re giants. Pogba, Carrick, Zlatan, Schneiderlin, Smalling, Bailly — athletes.

Nicky Butt says the difference in youngsters nowadays is evident
Nicky Butt says the difference in youngsters nowadays is evident
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“This might sound bizarre but we’ve had a guy come in from the circus telling the kids how to do spinning plates, jumping through hoops — circus tricks to get their biomechanics working.”

Surely Butt could have asked United winger Ashley Young to help with the falling over bit!

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