Updated: Sunday, 19th November 2017 @ 8:06am

Alexander Buttner ready to challenge Patrice Evra's squad place after sealing 'dream' move to Manchester United

Alexander Buttner ready to challenge Patrice Evra's squad place after sealing 'dream' move to Manchester United

By Dean Wilkins

Young Dutch defender Alexander Buttner completed his ‘dream’ move to Manchester United today, ending months of speculation linking the Reds with Everton ace Leighton Baines.

The 23-year-old left-back, who just missed out on a place in Holland’s Euro 2012 squad, completed his medical examination yesterday and agreed a five-year deal with the United.

He made 119 appearances for Vitesse Arnhem after rising through their academy and will provide cover for vice captain Patrice Evra.

Sir Alex Ferguson said: "Alexander is one of the best young left-backs in Europe and we're delighted to sign him. He's someone we've been watching for a while now. He gives us some really exciting options in that position."

Alexander Büttner said: "Joining Manchester United is one of the best days of my life. It's a team I have admired for many years now and I can't wait to join my teammates and play my part in helping the club be successful."

The youngsters is United’s second Dutch signing of the summer as Robin van Persie made his debut for the club in last night’s 1-0 defeat to Everton.

During David Moyes’ victory, Evra – one of the most reliable names on United’s team sheet – looked shaky as Marouane Fellaini ran circles around their defence.

And with Brazilian Fabio, twin brother of right-back Rafael, loaned out to QPR for the season, Buttner could soon be fighting to establish his place in the squad.

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