Alexander Buttner is ready for his stay with Manchester United to end as he sees no road to consistent playing time with Louis van Gaal set to take over the manager's role this summer.
Gerrit van Leeuwen of Sky Sports states the player's representatives have already begun the process of working out a deal with Russian side Dynamo Moscow. The report also provided comments from the left-back to Dutch outlet De Telegraaf about the arrival of the new boss:
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.
The claims related to how many times he was named Man of the Match with United were enough to get a laugh out of James Ducker from The Times:
One of the funniest comments of the year must be Buttner saying he was named MOM 14 times for #mufc— James Ducker (@DuckerTheTimes) June 18, 2014
No information was provided about a potential deal between United and Dynamo, but the defender sounds convinced it's time to move on. He played a very limited role over the past two seasons for the Red Devils after arriving from Vitesse.
What should United do with Buttner?
While Buttner did flash the ability to develop into a starter, his form was inconsistent, which likely had a lot to do with his uneven playing time. Moving to Dynamo would help him get in the lineup on a regular basis, which is certainly what the 25-year-old left-back needs at this stage.
If he does end up with the Russian club, he will need to receive a role that accentuates his skills moving forward to join the attack. When forced into a more pure defensive role with United, he was exposed, and it limited his impact.
Whether United are ready to let him complete a move is unclear. He signed a five-year contract with the Premier League club after leaving Vitesse, and it runs through 2017. So the clubs would still need to work out a fee.
That said, a transfer would probably be the best option for everybody involved given his feelings toward Van Gaal.