Manchester United outcast targeted by Serie A giants

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Alexander Buttner could be set to depart Manchester United, with reports suggesting that a leading Serie A outfit are interested in potentially acquiring his services.

According to the Daily Express, AS Roma - who currently occupy second spot behind Juventus in the Serie A table - are believed to be interested in Buttner, with director of football Walter Sabatini thought to be investigating the prospect of getting him permanently or on a loan deal.

24-year-old Buttner joined Manchester United from Eredivisie outfit Vitesse for a fee of approximately £4 million last summer, yet has largely failed to impose himself at Old Trafford or secure a regular starting berth under either Sir Alex Ferguson or David Moyes.

The left-back has made just two appearances for Manchester United in the Premier League this season, with the last coming with a brief appearance off the substitute's bench in a 3-1 victory over West Ham United at Old Trafford on December 21.

Despite it looking increasingly likely that first-choice left-back Patrice Evra will depart the defending Premier League champions when his contract expires at the end of the season, Buttner does not appear likely to present a long-term solution for Moyes.

Indeed, Buttner's own agent, Alexander Bursac, appeared to confirm that his client was keen on a loan move in order to enhance his chances of making the Netherlands squad for next summer's World Cup in Brazil.

"He wants to play in the World Cup and wants more playing time," Bursac told an Italian newspaper in an interview that was quoted by the Daily Express.

“I hope they [Manchester United] are willing to loan him out.

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