ESPN's Alex Shaw tweeted a photo of the defender in his new surroundings, confirming an end to Buttner's two-year Old Trafford stay:
Alex Buttner to Dynamo Moscow. What an odd signing he turned out to be. pic.twitter.com/J8CAvrdpxd— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) June 24, 2014
Confirmation of the deal follows an interview with the left-back in which he claimed new Red Devils boss 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," as reported by the Press Association (via The Guardian).
Buttner talked about his decision to leave, according to Eurosport:
I want to play in the Champions League and win trophies. Dynamo are building a very strong team and I am sure that we will be good enough to try and win the league title this season.
This is my first time in Moscow and I will need time to adjust with my family. They flew out with me, so it would be easier to adapt.
The training ground also has fantastic facilities. I am happy that I joined Dynamo.
Considering United's official website have Buttner's appearance total standing at 28 across all competitions, with WhoScored.com noting he made just 14 starts in the Premier League and Europe, it is highly unlikely he was voted man of the match so often. The 25-year-old showed plenty of commitment but limited quality for United, indicating he may have his numbers mixed up.
Oliver Kay of The Times teased Buttner for his modest quote:
Alex Buttner moving on "despite being voted man of the match 14 times at Man Utd," he says. That's on the Joe Kinnear scale of self-delusion— Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) June 24, 2014
Buttner made his United debut against Wigan on Sept. 15, 2012. This match produced the standout moment of his career at the Theatre of Dreams, in which he dribbled beyond numerous defenders and bundled the ball home for a debut goal.
Originally a winger, Buttner's attacking ambition often left him exposed in United's defence. Unlike many natural full-backs, his instinct was to attack first and defend later, meaning his ability to contribute in United's half suffered.
Patrice Evra's decision to sign a one-year contract extension in May indicated Buttner would continue to struggle with limited opportunities, per Sky Sports.
More pressingly, the club's continued link to Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, who is seven years younger than Buttner and vastly more established in the Premier League, highlighted that the Dutchman may quickly become surplus to requirements under Van Gaal.
ESPN FC believes United's interest in Shaw is intensifying, perhaps more so now that Buttner has exited:
The Red Devils are also said to be on the verge of signing Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao, as reported by Simon Jones of the Daily Mail. A summer splurge is needed to improve a troubled squad as Van Gaal begins the challenging task of taking United back to the Premier League summit.
Buttner joins Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand on the departure list, highlighting the fact that the incoming manager is likely to build from the back when his World Cup duty with the Netherlands is over.