Nicky Butt says 1999 Treble winning side was not Man Utd’s best-ever team

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Manchester United legend Nicky Butt has named the best United he played in as the 1994 side, ahead of the 1999 treble-winning Red Devils team.

As part of United's famed Class of '92, Butt broke into the United team alongside the Neville brothers, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, and David Beckham.

And its climate, under Sir Alex Ferguson, came with their Champions League success against Bayern Munich.

However, when speaking to The Athletic, Butt has recalled that he preferred the 1994 side to its European conquering counterpart.

The midfielder recalled how that United side could win games in any manner throughout the season.

"You don’t just want footballers who can only play the pretty way," Butt began when speaking to The Athletic.

"Look at the best Man United team — the 1994 team. If you wanted to play football against them, they’d outplay you.

"If you wanted to fight, they’d outfight you. If you wanted to run, they’d outrun you. I tried to instil that in the academy.

"If you wanted to play drinking games they’d outdrink you, too! I didn’t try and instil that but the ’94 team were an absolute team and that’s who we looked up to.

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"They were all beasts and you wouldn’t want to mess with any of them. They were idols to us."

That season, Butt only made one appearance off the bench in the Premier League, as United romped to victory.

In a team led by Paul Ince and Eric Cantona, United beat Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United to the title.

While, the Red Devils defeated Chelsea 4-0 in the FA Cup final.

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United lost in the final of the League Cup, to Aston Villa, and Galatasaray shockingly knocked United out of Europe in the second round of the newly rebranded Champions League.

Butt left United in 2004, and he went on to spend the next six years at Newcastle before spending a season in Hong Kong.

He hung up his boots in 2011, before a foray into coaching and overseeing Salford City.

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