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Buttner heading for United exit after Van Gaal rant

ESPN staff
June 18, 2014
Buttner joined United from Vitesse Arnhem in 2012, signing a five-year deal at Old Trafford © Getty Images

Alexander Buttner is set to leave Manchester United and join Dinamo Moscow after launching an extraordinary attack on new manager Louis van Gaal.

The left-back, who has been Patrice Evra's understudy at United for the past two seasons, claimed he could not understand why Van Gaal did not select him for the Netherlands team at the World Cup.

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Buttner only started nine league games for United and made just 28 appearances in all, but he made the bizarre claim that he has been named the best player on the pitch on half of those occasions.

He told De Telegraaf: "Van Gaal never gave me the chance in the Dutch national team, despite being voted man of the match 14 times at Manchester United.

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

United are trying to sign left-back Luke Shaw from Southampton while Evra has put pen to paper on a new deal, so Buttner may have found himself relegated to third choice even if he had opted to fight for his place at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal has a reputation as a disciplinarian, with Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder likening him to a head teacher who only shows interest in a "lucky" few.

Buttner's agent Alexander Bursac echoed his client's criticisms of Van Gaal, telling Voetbal International: "Dinamo Moscow have big plans. Staying at Manchester United was never an option this summer.

"In the last two years Van Gaal has ignored him again and again. What kind of outlook is that for him?"

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