Exit looms for United's Alex Buttner, but did he deserve more chances?

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Manchester United defender Alex Buttner has been linked with a departure from the club after just two years.

Alex Buttner appears to be on his way out of Manchester United after suggesting last week that the time is right for him to leave Old Trafford.

The comments came as he spoke about being consistently overlooked by Louis van Gaal for the Holland squad, and yet with the left-back seemingly on his way to Dinamo Moscow, did he deserve more chances in a United shirt?

Buttner signed from Vitesse Arnhem in 2012 for a reported £4million, a move that came as a surprise to many.

And yet a quick glance at his highlights reel suggested Sir Alex Ferguson had signed a defender with pace, energy and a real eye for goal.

But two years later, Buttner has made only 28 appearances in all competitions for United, and failed to usurp Patrice Evra as the number one left-back at the club.

Following the Frenchman’s contract extension and rumours that United are close to signing Southampton’s Luke Shaw, Buttner was never likely to get the regular first-team football he craved.

And yet for a man who declared the day he signed for United as the best of his life, the question has to be asked as to whether or not he was given a fair crack of the whip at the club.

After all, when he played he always gave his best and he did not look out of place in the current United squad. In fact when questions were asked regarding Evra’s defensive contributions, Buttner did perfectly well when called upon.

If van Gaal does not rate him there is nothing that can be done about that. But when the likes of Tom Cleverley were regularly given chances despite flattering to deceive, one wonders if Buttner will look back on his time at United with regret; not in anything he did, but in the fact that he was not given the chances afforded to some of his underperforming teammates.

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