Manchester United defender Alexander Büttner has left the Old Trafford club for Russian Premier League side Dynamo Moscow in a switch which will be complete over the next few days. The Dutch left-back has already been pictured training for the Russian side and he has made comment via the official club website. Büttner signed for United back in the summer of 2012 from Dutch side Vitesse on a five-year contract. He won the Barclays Premier League in his first season, as well as scoring on his Old Trafford debut again Wigan Athletic. Speaking to the Dynamo Moscow website, which was reported by the Mirror, Büttner said:
“I want to play in the Champions League and win trophies.
“In Dynamo, I have selected a very strong team. I am confident that we can fight for the championship next season.”
The funny thing here is that Dynamo Moscow are not in the UEFA Champions League next season, but they did qualify for the UEFA Europa League, so he has some work to do if he wants to achieve a place in Europe’s elite competition. Büttner also wants to win trophies, so I decided to have a look at how good Dynamo Moscow actually are. They last won the league in 1976 and won their last trophy in 1995, so again it seems like the Dutch left-back has been left with egg on his face.
His time at United was not the best, he will be remembered for his debut goal when he ran around like a mad man, but he was just not the understudy required for Patrice Evra. With United letting him go, it suggests a new left-back will be heading to Old Trafford this summer, with Luke Shaw the likely candidate, but with fellow Dutchman Daley Blind also linked with a move to Old Trafford, following his international manager Louis van Gaal. This summer should be exciting for United supporters, we are promised new additions and a few exits as we head into the new era of the club.
By Paul Bienkowski
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