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Left back Buttner feeling left out with Van Gaal arrival

| 18.06.2014

Following the arrival of Netherlands national coach Louis van Gaal as new Manchester United boss, many would have expected that his compatriot Alexander Buttner would stand a chance of staying.

However, the 25-year-old has spoken out in the Dutch media of his desire to leave, with his agent suggesting he is set for Dynamo Moscow.

“Van Gaal never gave me the chance in the Dutch national team, despite being voted man of the match 14 times (he claims in 28 matches) at Manchester United,” Buttner said. “Apparently he is not very confident about me. So I think this is the right moment to leave.”

His agent Alexander Bursac added: “Dynamo Moscow have big plans. Staying at Manchester United was never an option this summer. In the last two years Van Gaal has ignored him again and again. What kind of outlook is that for him?”

Although Patrice Evra has signed a new one-year contract extension, Van Gaal will need to recruit a new left back. Here Coral provide five players currently at the World Cup who would fit in at Old Trafford.

Ricardo Rodriguez
Born to a Spanish father and Chilean mother, Switzerland international youngster Rodriguez has been attracting interest since his outstanding season with Wolfsburg this term. His attacking exploits of getting seven goals and 10 assists in the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal from left-hand side of defence helped his side to a fifth-place finish and reach the semis of the German Cup.

Rodriguez, 21, already has 22 caps for the country where he was born, and provided both assists in Switzerland’s opening group game 2-1 victory against Ecuador.

Daley Blind
Van Gaal’s compatriot and starter for the Netherlands at the World Cup, Blind also set up two goals for his nation in their opening match at the finals. Playing at wing back, he assisted potential new clubmate Robin van Persie for his stunning header, and then for Arjen Robben’s first in their 5-1 drubbing of Spain.

Blind is a usual midfielder by trade with club Ajax, but Van Gaal has preferred him on the left side of defence.

Luke Shaw
Southampton’s Shaw has been a Red Devils target all season, and reports suggested they made an offer for him. However, since the arrival of Van Gaal and contract extension to Evra, it seems interest has cooled.

The Dutch boss currently has other commitments, though, so perhaps he will revive the club’s interest in 18-year-old Chelsea fan Shaw once his Netherlands side return from the World Cup.

Jordi Alba
United were linked with the former Valencia player before he signed for Barcelona in 2012 during the European Championships, but recent reports suggest he is being linked with a move to Old Trafford.

While Alba, 25, has never played under Van Gaal, he was in the Nou Camp under 11’s while the 62-year-old was in charge of the Catalan giants.

Sead Kolasinac
German-born Bosnia and Herzegovina international Kolasinac has found the net in Brazil, unfortunately, though, it was past his own keeper against Argentina, which was incidentally the quickest own-goal in World Cup history.

Despite that, he is certainly one for the future, and featured heavily for his club Schalke to help them finish third in the Bundesliga this term, at the age of just 20.



Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.