Manchester United’s left back was very much in the news yesterday in more ways than one.
Buttner is back in the gym preparing for the new season, ahead of schedule, creating a positive message towards new manager David Moyes.
However, United’s bid for Leighton Baines yesterday shows that Moyes may not have a lot of faith in United’s current left back options outside of Patrice Evra, which opens up the debate over what sort of season Buttner may possibly have.
Baines has made it clear that he’s not looking to leave Everton and is ready to work with Roberto Martinez but if United go back to the drawing board and put together a bigger bid for Baines, it means Buttner may have to look outside the club for first team football.
Buttner is only a very young man at 24-years-old, just a year into his Manchester United career so the club aren’t going to sell him until at least he’s had a chance to show whether he can hold down that left back slot or not.
What looks far more likely is a possible loan deal, perhaps for a whole season, to a side that does have an urgent need for a left sided defender.
That would work very well for United if they go after another left back because it allows Buttner to grow and develop as a player, gaining first team experience in English football and coming back stronger.
He’d eventually come back to the club, still right in the mix along side United’s other options to be the long term replacement for Patrice Evra.
The only other option United have at left back outside of Evra and Buttner at the moment is Fabio, who comes back to the club after playing in a Queens Park Rangers team that was relegated last season.
Buttner has never made a secret of the fact he thinks he is good enough to hold down that left back position for the club and Sir Alex Ferguson clearly saw something in him which Moyes possibly hasn’t spotted yet.
However, despite the fact he may have to be loaned out this summer to get games next year, it’s quite refreshing to see a player working hard in the gym to try and prove to the new manager that he can handle the responsibility and pressure.
Moyes has effectively shown his hand with that bid for Baines and it would be naïve of the club to turn down another chance to try and sign the Everton defender but that doesn’t mean for a second that Buttner doesn’t have a future at the club.
Moyes made it clear after he was announced as the new United boss that younger players will get a chance if they work hard and show him the right methods and examples over their desire to play for the club.
What do you think? How should United handle Buttner this summer?
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