Manchester United legend and head of the club’s academy, Nicky Butt, was on Tuesday arrested on suspicion of assault.

Sportsmail reported that the 44–year-old was held by police at 2pm on Tuesday following reports that a woman had been assaulted, hours before United took on Barcelona in their crunch Champions League quarter-final second leg.

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Butt remained in custody into the evening and was set to be interviewed by officers.

The woman was reported to have suffered a small cut to her hand and did not require hospital treatment.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: ‘Police were called at around 2pm on Tuesday 16 April 2019, to reports that a woman had been assaulted at a house on Broadway, Hale.

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‘The woman received a small cut to her hand and does not require hospital treatment.

‘A 44–year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and remains in custody for questioning.’

It was also reported that the former midfielder has been bailed out of Police custody.

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His arrest comes after another Manchester United legend Paul Scholes was charged with misconduct by the FA for placing 140 bets football matches.

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