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Defender leaves United “to win trophies”

buttner-moscowAlex Buttner was today unveiled as a Dynamo Moscow player as he became the third player after Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand to leave Old Trafford just over a month after the end of the season but, unlike the former two centre-backs, the Dutchman isn’t going to be sorely missed at United.

Arrived a surprise signing from Vitesse Arnhem in the summer of 2012, Buttner never managed to establish himself in the starting XI and made just 13 Premier League appearances in his two seasons at the club making up slightly less than the 50% of his 28 appearances in all competitions for United.

Buttner claimed last week that Louis Van Gaal’s arrival was never going to see him getting any opportunities to impress, given the incumbent Manchester United manager had never given him a chance for with Holland.

The 25-year-old, who signed for Dynamo Moscow for an undisclosed fee, said he had opted to leave Old Trafford as he wanted to win trophies.

“I want to play in the Champions League and win trophies. Dynamo are building a very strong team,” said the former United left-back.

“I am sure that we will be good enough to try to win the league title this season.”

Dynamo Moscow finished fourth in the Russian Premier League last season and will play in the Europa League next year.


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