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Alexander Büttner—Signed from Vitesse for £3.9 million
Ferguson just signed the Eredivisie's best left-back for under £4 million. If Büttner was English, he would have cost United £12 million.
When Voetbal International’s readers voted for their Team of the Year, there were only two players who accumulated 80+ percent of the vote.
Jan Vertonghen, the Eredivisie's player of the year, garnered 89 percent at centre-back.
Büttner, Vitesse’s hyperactive left-back, accumulated 81 percent of the vote.
This has Patrice Evra written all over it. Do you remember how much United signed the Frenchman for? Just £5.5 million. Evra would go on to have several world-class seasons at left-back.
Sadly, the Frenchman has looked a shell of himself in recent times, which is why he needs to dramatically improve otherwise Büttner will replace him.
What about Robin van Persie?
When somebody’s paying £24 million for a 29-year-old with an expiring contract, who has previously suffered a fractured metatarsal, a knee ligament tear and ruptured ankle ligaments, you have to say the game’s gone mad.
Where's Shinji Kagawa?
From a commercial perspective, United made an astute decision to sign Kagawa.
It’s more complicated when it comes to football, especially after signing Van Persie. Kagawa is at his best as the centre attacking midfielder in a 4-2-3-1. Sir Alex Ferguson plays a 4-4-2, so if Kagawa doesn’t start as an attacking midfielder, his career will stagnate like Anderson.
In terms of economic efficiency, Büttner is United's best summer transfer so far.