VIDEO: United reject Buttner saves Dynamo Moscow blushes in Europa League

Alexander Buttner scored his first goal for Dynamo Moscow yesterday. It could prove to be vital.

One day after Manchester United snapped up Luke Shaw from Southampton it was no surprise to see a fring left-back leave Old Trafford.

Alexander Buttner was signed from under the nose of Southampton in 2012 and despite scoring on his debut the Dutch left-back was roundly criticised during his time at United for his poor defensive nous.

So when Dynamo Moscow came in with a £4.4 million bid it was a no brainer, and Buttner became the first man to leave Louis van Gaal's Manchester United.

Buttner and Van Gaal were not reportedly on the best of terms, with LvG repeatedly refusing to give Buttner a chance for the Dutch national side during his tenure as head coach and this along with a lack of first-team action prompted him to accept his new Russian adventure.

When he signed for the club he landed a thinly veiled parting shot at United - stating:

"I am at Dynamo to win trophies and play in the Champions League."

But after last night his new club are thanking him for keeping his side in the Europa League - against Cypriot minnows Omonia Nicosia.

Dynamo went 1-0 down in the second minute when Georgian international Ucha Lobzhanidze headed hom from close range. But they seemed back on track when former Blackburn Rovers and QPR defender Chris Samba powered a trademark header home just after the half hour mark.

Then, in three second-half minutes it seemed as though the game had escaped them. Ivorian winger Gaossau Fofana fired home a sublime left-foot volley for 2-1 and then Dynamo striker Alexander Kokorin was sent off for a second bookable defence, for simulation.

But with it looking like a home loss against a side who came fifth in the Cypriot top tier last season was looming, up stepped substitute Buttner.

He drove forward from left-back, played a neat couple of one-twos, before slamming the ball beyond the Omonia keeper to salvage a 2-2 draw.

Dynamo overcame a home draw against Ironi Kiryat Shmona of Israel in the last round, and will hope to do the same when they visit the Cypriot capital next week.

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