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ESPN FC Posted by ESPN staff
Jul 12, 2014

Alexander Buttner hits out at Van Gaal

Buttner made nine league starts for Manchester United.

Alexander Buttner has told The Sun he has been "unfairly ignored" by Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal.

Left-back Buttner was not selected in Van Gaal's squad for the 2014 World Cup, with 33-year-old Dirk Kuyt on occassion utilised in the left wing-back position.

The Dutchman recently completed a transfer from Manchester United -- where Van Gaal is to be the new manager -- to Dinamo Moscow and he hopes the chance of more regular playing time will see him selected under the next Netherlands boss, Guus Hiddink.

"I have been unfairly ignored," Buttner said. "I played for Manchester United in the Champions League against Arjen Robben and I was man of the match.

"I am disappointed in Van Gaal for not giving me a chance. Kuyt? I don't want to talk about other players.

"But when I see how the left-back position was filled against Argentina, I know that I could have played there. Few people can say they played for Manchester United's first team.

"Dinamo showed interest in me while I was still playing for United. And I could have joined clubs in Germany, France, Italy or Turkey, but Dinamo gave me the best feeling.

"I now want to break into the Dutch side through playing for Dinamo. The incoming coach, Guus Hiddink, knows Russian football better than anyone."

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