Butt out: Louis van Gaal’s lack of ‘confidence’ forces Alex Buttner into Manchester United exit

The arrival of Dutchman Louis van Gaal at Manchester United has forced countryman Alexander Buttner to leave the club – as he feels the new manager doesn’t rate him.

The international left-back claims he has been routinely dropped by Van Gaal in the national side and is on the verge of a switch to Russian side Dinamo Moscow.

“Van Gaal never gave me the chance in the Dutch national team, despite being voted man of the match 14 times at Manchester United,” he claimed in the Dutch paper De Telegraaf.

“Apparently he is not very confident about me. So I think this is the right moment to leave.”

The 25-year-old, who has only made 28 appearances for United, could soon slip down to third in the pecking order behind long-time number three Patrice Evra and potential newboy Luke Shaw.

United have been looking to acquire the services of Southampton full-back Shaw and he has topped the Reds Devils’ transfer list since the season ended.


Buttner’s agent, Alexander Bursac, believes this is the main reason for his clients immenent move to Moscow.

The Russian side managed a fourth-place finish in the league last season and will play in the Europa League for the coming year.

“Dinamo Moscow has great plans for the future and they want to challenge for the title,” he told Dutch magazine Voetbal International.

“To stay at Manchester United was not an option for Buttner.

“In the past two years, Louis van Gaal has ignored Buttner time after time. So what kind of perspective does he have when Van Gaal becomes his new club coach?

“Patrice Evra signed a new contract and with Luke Shaw they want to buy another player for Buttner’s position.”

Buttner joined United in 2012 from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem on a five-year deal and made 13 league appearances, scoring two goals.

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