Young United left-back Alex Buttner is reportedly leaving Old Trafford to join the Russian club.
25-year-old Manchester United defender Alexander Buttner is on the verge of signing for Russian club Dinamo Moscow because new manager Louis van Gaal doesn’t rate him.
According to the Daily Mail, the two clubs have agreed on a fee and the player has already undergone a medical.
Buttner does not believe the manager has enough confidence in him to justify staying at Old Trafford.
“Louis van Gaal never gave me the chance in the Dutch national team, despite being voted man of the match 14 times at Manchester United,” the newspaper quotes him as saying.
“Apparently he is not very confident about me. So I think this is the right moment to leave.”
Buttner’s claims are rather unusual – he only ever made 28 appearances for Manchester United in all competitions, and certainly wasn’t man of the match in half of them.
The Dutchman possesses great dribbling ability, and is a surprisingly good finisher for a defender, but has been regularly caught out of position throughout his Red Devils career, and is not as strong in the tackle or as potent in the air as Patrice Evra, who has been first choice at left back for Manchester United since 2006.
Van Gaal is keen to hold onto the France international, whilst Southampton’s Luke Shaw has been heavily linked to a move to the 20-times English champions – leaving Buttner with little future at Old Trafford.