Ricky Sbragia has returned to Manchester United, 12 years after he left the club.

The Scotsman managed the under-21 side from 2002 to 2005 with some notable successes.

He replaces Warren Joyce, the brilliant coach who left the club last season for the first team managers job at Wigan Athletic, where he was sacked after just months.

The club have been deliberating for some time over Joyce’s replacement, but have finally made an appointment just as the youth teams return for pre-season.

Sbragia told the club’s official website that he “couldn’t be happier to be back at Manchester United.”

“It’s an exciting time for the club, with a new structure for the Academy and a relatively new set of coaches and management team.
“I am really excited by the challenge of this role, the club has always been at the forefront when it comes to Academy football and I am delighted that the club continues to strive to be the best with its forward-thinking ideas for the future of youth football.”

Nicky Butt said: “Ricky brings a wealth of experience at all levels of football coaching. He has a great track record of developing young talent and is, of course, no stranger to Manchester United.

“Ricky’s knowledge and experience will help continue our important and key tradition of blooding young players into the first team. I am delighted Ricky has returned to the club in this important role as we look to continue our development of the Academy.”