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Buttner hits out at Van Gaal

ESPN staff
July 12, 2014
Alexander Buttner made just 28 appearances in two years at Manchester United © PA Photos

Alexander Buttner has criticised Louis van Gaal, saying he was "unfairly ignored" for the World Cup by the Netherlands coach.

Left-back Buttner was not selected in Van Gaal's squad for Brazil, with 33-year-old Dirk Kuyt on occassion utilised in the left wing-back position.

The Dutchman recently completed a transfer from Manchester United - where Van Gaal is to be the new manager - to Dinamo Moscow and he hopes the chance of more regular playing time will see him selected under the next Netherlands boss, Guus Hiddink.

"I have been unfairly ignored," Buttner told The Sun. "I played for Manchester United in the Champions League against Arjen Robben and I was man of the match.

"I am disappointed in Van Gaal for not giving me a chance. Kuyt? I don't want to talk about other players.

"But when I see how the left-back position was filled against Argentina, I know that I could have played there. Few people can say they played for Manchester United's first team.

"Dinamo showed interest in me while I was still playing for United. And I could have joined clubs in Germany, France, Italy or Turkey, but Dinamo gave me the best feeling.

"I now want to break into the Dutch side through playing for Dinamo. The incoming coach, Guus Hiddink, knows Russian football better than anyone."

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