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Why Man United Flop Alexander Buttner Hasn't Played In 2018

Josh Lawless

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Why Man United Flop Alexander Buttner Hasn't Played In 2018

Alexander Buttner has been on a downwards spiral for a few years now but he's now hit a new career low.

Having signed for United as a 23-year old for a fee of £3.9 million in 2012, he was tipped as the long-term replacement for Patrice Evra and hailed as "one of the best young left-backs in Europe" by Sir Alex Ferguson.

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Though he won a Premier League in his first season at the club, he struggled to displace Evra in the left-back berth.

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Image: PA

Then when Evra left, Luke Shaw was signed by Louis van Gaal and it was clear Buttner wasn't in his compatriot's plans.

He left for Dynamo Moscow in 2014 and now finds himself back at Vitesse Arnhem, the club United signed him from.

He's made a total of 29 appearances in his second spell back in his native Netherlands but hasn't played a game so far this year.

A hamstring injury and one-game ban prevented him from playing in January on the whole, but as per De Telegraaf, he's not been available for selection for two months until Saturday (when he was on the bench after a long absence) because he's carrying too much body fat.

10 to 12 per cent is the fat percentage Vitesse players are allocated, but rather embarrassingly, according to De Gelderlander Buttner's exceeded that amount when it was last measured.

Comically, Buttner was the reason that chips were banned by David Moyes during his short and unsuccessful time at Manchester United.

Apparently, according to The Telegraph, Moyes thought Buttner was looking a tad overweight when he walked past his squad having food on one occasion, and clocked that the left-back had a big plate of chips to go with his meal.

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Image: PA

The Scotsman inevitably wasn't happy and decided to stamp his authority down by bringing in a 'No Chips' rule from then on.

Topics: Football News, Football, Manchester United, Vitesse, Sir Alex Ferguson, Eredivisie, Premier League

Josh Lawless
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