Alexander Buttner has revealed the praise he’s received from Sir Alex Ferguson meaning no more left backs are needed.
There’s been a little bit of a debate going on since Alexander Buttner joined Manchester United and that’s whether he’s good enough to be a long term replacement for Patrice Evra.
It’s been ongoing and has led to several rumours surfacing that United would dip back into the transfer market this summer, to bring in another left sided defender to compensate for Evra’s growing age.
However, Buttner himself has given the biggest hint that he is being viewed as the primary replacement to Evra at Old Trafford with the news that Sir Alex Ferguson has been heaping the praise onto him.
Buttner has not played as much as he may have liked since his move from Vitesse but he has had a significant impact in games and he’s done a competent job both defensively and going forward in various attacks.
Defensively his game looks solid, as he does the basics very well and his pace is good which means he rarely gets caught out of position. He has a lot of work to do in the attacking third of the pitch, which is one of the reasons Evra is always going to get selected ahead of him at the moment.
His discipline also looks fantastic as he’s only been booked on one occasion this season, which suggests he’s going to be very reliable when he is in the side and playing on a regular basis.
That’s important if he has ambitions to hold down that left back slot and ensure that it’s his on merit, as he will b challenged by Fabio in that role when Evra has hung up his boots.
It’s doubtful that Ferguson’s kind comments could just be a product of him being a nice person or a nice manager because they seem to have been directly aimed at Buttner’s development at the club.
Ferguson also seems to have made a promise to him that he’ll get a fair chance to make the left back slot his own over the next one or two seasons as Evra slowly fades out of the team.
That’s significant because Buttner has not had a fair chance this season to show what he’s really capable of having played just 11 games for the club in all competitions, bagging his first goal in the process.
Furthermore, the situation is set up quite nicely for Buttner to follow Evra and Fabio to come back from his loan spell at Queens Park Rangers, push both of them and become the eventual back up to Buttner who will probably become first choice.
He’s still very young at 24-years-old which tends to suggest that he doesn’t need to panic about his role at United, but just like any other young player, he’s been given an assurance which should help him to maintain his self belief and confidence.
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