Manchester United full-back Alex Buttner is agitating for a move away from Old Trafford in light of the arrival of Louis van Gaal as manager at the club.
The 25-year-old Dutchman claims he has been consistently passed over for selection during Van Gaal's time in charge of the Netherlands national team, and thus sees no future at United.
He looks likely to quit the Premier League side in favour of Dynamo Moscow, and is adamant it is the right decision, per De Telegraaf via Sky Sports:
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.
His claim as to the number of man of the match awards he received at the club has been widely mocked, although Dutch football writer Elko Born suggests he was not specifically talking about first-team appearances:
Buttner really did say 14 times. De Telegraaf also writes he made 50 appearances. My guess? They're including his reserve-team appearances.— Elko Born (@Elko_B) June 18, 2014
Indeed, the Sky Sports piece reports Buttner made a total of only 28 appearances for the United first team in his two years at the club.
And he looks to be correct in thinking that he will not be considered for many more under Van Gaal, as his position of left-back looks as though it will be hotly contested next season.
Veteran first-choice Patrice Evra recently signed a one-year extension to his current contract at Old Trafford after much speculation he may be on his way out, per FIFA:
This is bad enough news for the young Dutchman, but it also seems United are looking to make a big-money signing in the position over the summer, to act as the obvious successor to the 33-year-old Evra.
Southampton's 18-year-old left-back Luke Shaw has been consistently linked with a move to Manchester—a sure sign that Buttner is not seen as Evra's long-term replacement.
Furthermore, Van Gaal's international charge Daley Blind has now been linked as another potential new arrival at left-back, per BBC Sport:
Shaw and Blind are both clearly superior to Buttner who often seemed overwhelmed by big occasions when he was picked for the United fist team last season.
He has great pace and many of the attributes needed by a modern full-back, but his defensive abilities have been called into question, as has his ball delivery.
A run in a team like Dynamo Moscow should be very beneficial for the youngster who—if he stayed at Old Trafford—would not pick up enough appearances to advance his play.
Buttner could become a high-quality player, but he needs to improve considerably and he can only do that if he gets to play.
He is not currently good enough for the travails of the Premier League and United's pursuit of a quality left-back is indicative of that fact.
He must go away and work on his game in Russia, and prove that he has what it takes to contend for a first-team place in a top team.