One Dutch Manchester United player not looking forward to Van Gaal

Louis Van Gaal

Alexander Buttner has not had a look in with the Netherlands national team under Louis Van Gaal.

Louis Van Gaal is odds-on to become the new Manchester United manager - after reports came out at the weekend from his native Holland that he had already agreed terms on a potential Old Trafford switch.

And since it became clear he was the likely successor to David Moyes much has been made of his relationship with one Dutchman already at Old Trafford - Robin Van Persie.

The pair have been seen taking in football matches together during RVP’s injury break and apparently their wives even go shopping together - so the striker will certainly want to see Van Gaal arrive.

But another Dutchman at the club, whose future was already in doubt, will not be so pleased.

Alexander Buttner has played back-up to Patrice Evra since he arrived at the club in 2012. The left-back, signed from Vitesse Arnhem, has quite simply been blanked by Van Gaal when it comes to international selection.

Left-back is a problem area for the Dutch and with Jetro Willems inconsistent and Daley Blind switching to midfield many other options have been considered.

In the Van Gaal era many have been tried in the position - the likes of Stoke City’s Erik Pieters, Miquel Nelom of Feyenoord, Chelsea loanee Patrick van Aanholt and Bruno Martins Indi - usually a centre back.

But Van Gaal has never called on Buttner.

Since making the preliminary squad for the European Championships in 2012 under Bert Van Marwijk, eventually missing out on the 23 to Willems, he has not had a sniff of Oranje since.

Van Gaal took over after that disastrous campaign and Buttner - despite a move to one of the world’s biggest club teams - has not been used since.

A lack of first-team football will certainly have contributed to this decision - but looking at the sheer amount of left-backs tried and tested it is hard to believe that Van Gaal has not given Buttner a chance.

So what chance for him at the Theatre of Dreams if Van Gaal gets the job?

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