United seal deal for Buttner

The Dutch defender completed his medical on Tuesday and agreed a

five-year contract at Old Trafford until 2017.

His new manager Sir Alex Ferguson promptly declared that the

23-year-old is one of the best in the business.

Ferguson told the club’s official website: “Alexander is one of

the best young left-backs in Europe and we’re delighted to sign


“He’s someone we’ve been watching for a while now. He gives us

some really exciting options in that position.”

Buttner was part of Holland’s preliminary squad for this year’s

European Championship and has made 119 appearances for Eredivisie

side Vitesse over the past four years.

He becomes the second Dutch player in a week to make the switch

to Manchester United, following in the footsteps of striker Robin

van Persie, move moved from Arsenal in time to feature in last

night’s season-opening 1-0 defeat at Everton.

“Joining Manchester United is one of the best days of my life,”

Buttner said.

“It’s a team I have admired for many years now and I can’t wait

to join my team-mates and play my part in helping the club be


The Dutchman completed his medical in Manchester yesterday and

is understood to have moved on a deal worth ?3.9 million.

Buttner, a product of the youth system at Vitesse, was linked

with a move to Premier League newcomers Southampton earlier in the

summer, but that deal fell through, paving the way for the switch

to United.

Buttner will provide much-needed cover for first-choice

left-back Patrice Evra.