Alexander Buttner, who left Manchester United for Russian Premier League outfit Dynamo Moscow last month, has blasted the Red Devils’ new manager Louis van Gaal for not giving him a chance for either club or country.
The Dutch left-back feels he has been ignored by Van Gaal, despite producing some decent performances last season, and feels he could have played for the Netherlands in their World Cup semi-final against Argentina on Wednesday night.
Van Gaal opted to use Dirk Kuyt, a 33-year-old right-sided winger, at left wing-back against the South American nation - a decision Buttner was left bemused by.
“I have been unfairly ignored,” Buttner said in The Sun. “I played for Manchester United in the Champions League against Arjen Robben and I was man of the match.
“I am disappointed in Van Gaal for not giving me a chance. Kuyt? I don’t want to talk about other players.
“But when I see how the left-back position was filled against Argentina, I know that I could have played there."
Van Gaal criticised by Van Gaal last month
This is not the first time that Buttner has publicly criticised Van Gaal. The 25-year-old issued a bizarre parting shot at the veteran Dutch coach last month, claiming that he had picked up 14 Man of the Match awards during his two-year spell at Old Trafford.
Considering Buttner only made 28 appearances for the Red Devils, following his surprise move from Vitesse in 2012, this was quite the claim.
Despite his version of events, Van Gaal was keen to offload Buttner on arrival at Old Trafford, and his fate was sealed once the club had wrapped up a £27 million deal for England international Luke Shaw.
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Buttner hopes to impress Hiddink
Despite leaving the Premier League giants, Buttner - a former Netherlands Under-20 international - is confident that he can realise his dream of representing his country at senior level by impressing Van Gaal’s successor, Guus Hiddink.
“Few people can say they played for Manchester United’s first team,” the defender added. “Dinamo showed interest in me while I was still playing for United. And I could have joined clubs in Germany, France, Italy or Turkey, but Dinamo gave me the best feeling.
“I now want to break into the Dutch side through playing for Dinamo. The incoming coach, Guus Hiddink, knows Russian football better than anyone.”