Dec 22

United left-back heading for the exit door

Tag: Manchester United News @ 9:43 am

72368In news that will surprise exactly nobody, Alexander Buttner is edging closer to leaving Manchester United, perhaps even in the January transfer window, if reports are to be believed.

Buttner, whose tattoos are inversely proportional to his ability to defend and sense of positioning, has endured a torrid time at Old Trafford since arriving in the summer of 2012 and immediately entering the top five of Fergie’s most surprising signings.

The Dutchman has not only failed to challenge Patrice Evra for a spot in the starting XI – not consistently, anyway – but he’s also made a hash of the rare opportunities Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes have given him to shine, yet he’s somehow inexplicably managed to stay ahead of Fabio in the pecking order.

Buttner was at fault for playing Carlton Cole onside yesterday, thus allowing the West Ham striker to break free into the box before calmly finishing past David De Gea and it was the latest in a series of mistakes that have done nothing to argue the 24-year-old’s case at Old Trafford.

With United still looking at bringing in a left-back – David Moyes has reportedly not given up on Leighton Baines yet, while Fabio Coentrao remains a possibility too – Buttner’s destiny lays away from United, but whether the club will manage to recoup some of the £5m it forked out 16 months ago, remains to be seen.

The Mirror reports that Roma and Genoa are looking at signing Buttner, although both are though to prefer a loan deal for the moment, with a view to a possible permanent transfer next summer, when Buttner seems almost certain to leave United anyway.

It’ll be interesting to see whether Moyes will allow Buttner to go regardless of what United achieve in the January transfer window, or whether the United manager will rather keep the Dutchman at the club until the summer.

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4 Responses to “United left-back heading for the exit door”

  • Why is Fabio not featuring?

  • It is strange that Fabio isn’t getting a sniff of football.
    Much better player than Buttner, in my opinion.

  • I wouldn’t excatly say that Buttner has had a torrid time at United.Patrice Evra,despite being in his early 30′s,is till one of the best left-backs in the world on his day and his experience is valuable.Buttner,and Fabio,have not been good enough to keep him out of the team when they have been given the chance.Its that simple.If Evra,heaven forbid,were to pik up an injury that keeps him out for a few months,we will see what Alex and Fabio can really do.I like both of them,but im realist.If they were any better than Patrice,this would not be a topic for conversation.

    • @Everton: i hear you, Everton. But Evra is also the captain of the club, and you usually don’t bench your captain just to give other fringe players a run out. Especially when he is the most vocal and your team needs confidence. I really would like to give Fabio an extended run somewhere. a few seasons ago he was good enough to start in CL games. i wonder if Buttner is ahead in the pecking order … or if Moyes is just putting him in the shop window.

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