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Butt: Man Utd clash a great chance for A-League players

Nicky Butt believes next years A-League All-Stars clash with Manchester United provides a great opportunity for players down under.

The Premier League giants head to Sydney to meet Australian domestic football's best in a July fixture in 2013 and former midfielder Butt, who is involved in coaching with the United reserve team, feels it is a great chance to impress the Red Devils staff.

"We have scouts all over the world now, whereas in years gone by you didn't, so players were difficult to get hold of,'' Butt told footballasutalia.com.au in an interview.

''Now we have coaches all over the world looking at junior football. Even in our reserves, where I'm working at the minute, we have players from Chile, Mexico, all over the world. We've broadened our horizons because we realise there's a lot of talent out there.''

And Butt admitted the United coaches and players are certainly looking forward to coming to Australia in the offseason.

''When they told us we were going to Sydney, believe me we were all very happy,'' he added.

''Some places you go aren't as attractive, but when we realised we were going to that part of the world it was a great rush for us all. They're good memories, Sydney was a great place to visit - great facilities, great city, and the fans came out to support us.''

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