Alexander Buttner looks likely to join Turkish side Besiktas this week on an initial season long loan after reports surfaced that a deal is to be completed.
His agent confirmed discussions with Besiktas had taken place earlier this week and tonight, The Independent’s Jerrad Peters has said that Buttner will be leaving Old Trafford this summer.
The 24-year-old joined from Dutch outfit Vitesse last year and had an admirable debut season that culminated with a Premier League medal but the fact that Moyes wants to send him out on loan is a real indication that his future does not lie in Manchester.
Buttner is a very likeable guy but he isn’t of United quality. In almost every performance last season, he was far more accomplished going forward than he was in defence. His natural attacking flair made him a real threat on the overlap but his defensive frailties made him United’s weak point when he played.
To me, Buttner was only ever brought in by Ferguson to make sure that Evra stayed on his toes and in my mind, it was a vindicated move as Evra had one of his best seasons in a United shirt but in the long term, I doubt Ferguson envisaged the Dutchman as Evra’s long term successor.
David Moyes hardly played Buttner on the pre-season tour, instead choosing to give Fabio the game time, and Buttner simply wouldn’t get enough game time at the club this season outside of the U21s if he remained at the club this year.
While a loan deal does not technically spell the end for Buttner, I’d be very surprised if he returned to Manchester and played for the club again. Don’t get me wrong, Buttner did a good job at Old Trafford last year but moving forward, he doesn’t have the quality to follow in the footsteps of Evra when he retires.