Alexander Buttner’s agent is angry with Manchester United’s management after a loan move didn’t materialise on transfer deadline day.
The 24-year-old was strongly linked with moves to Celtic or Besiktas but because United’s deal to bring in Fabio Coentrao fell through, David Moyes decided to hold onto Buttner as cover for Patrice Evra.
Alexander Bursac told Voetbal International that Buttner was not willing to spend another season on the bench at Old Trafford after understandably finding himself there more often than not in his first hear.
“It’s unbelievable that Coentrao was not signed on time and, whether that is an error on the part of Real or United doesn’t matter,” Bursac said.
“We have received assurances of a loan. Alex is not necessarily looking for a guarantee of playing time, but he does not want to spend the entire season on the bench.”
And Bursac also stated that Buttner does not feel as comfortable under Moyes as he did with Sir Alex Ferguson, citing that the Dutchman had more trust Fergie.
He added: “Under Sir Alex Ferguson, Buttner was the up and coming man.
“He started playing in more games and was trusted in training. That sense of trust is not there now.”
There is only one reason why that trust is not there now – Buttner is a bad defender. Whenever given an opportunity to impress on the pre-season tour, Buttner showcased his inability to defend properly against opposition far below anything that the Premier League would have to offer.
To Buttner’s credit, he worked very hard on his physical fitness throughout the summer but it didn’t seem to help him on the pre-season tour at all.
Trust has to be earned and Buttner hasn’t earned it. A loan move away would have been the best move for all parties because Fabio deserves the game time ahead of Buttner but it seems that he will have to wait until January at the earliest to move away from Old Trafford.