He can become Alexander the Great: Manchester United hero Ruud van Nistelrooy young compatriot Buttner

By Dean Wilkins

Manchester United’s Dutch legend Ruud van Nistelrooy is giving his backing to their latest Oranje prodigy to become a bright success… but it’s not Robin van Persie, it’s Alexander Buttner.

The 23-year-old leftback valiantly filled in Patrice Evra’s shoes during their 2-2 draw with West Ham in the FA Cup third round.

And with a number of Champions League and Capital One Cup starts, as well as a dream goal on his Premier League debut, Buttner has impressed the Old Trafford hero as he fights for a place ahead of their ever-reliable Frenchman.

“Alexander has made a great start,” Van Nistelrooy told “He needs a bit more time as he’s definitely somebody for the future.

“He’s been getting games in the Champions League. For him, it’s a dream come true. He’s got the ability and needs to learn to obtain more experience and he’s definitely somebody to look out for.”

Buttner sealed his move to the Premier League in the summer, as newly promoted Southampton struck a deal with Eredivisie minnows Vitesse to bring him to England.

But the following month his transfer was hijacked by Sir Alex Ferguson, who showed faith in the youngster by giving him a five-year contract.

And with a future as Evra’s replacement already paved out in front of him, Buttner could eventually become Alexander the Great.

Picture courtesy of Vladislav Fadeev via YouTube, with thanks

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