Buttner can be a long term replacement for Evra claims ex-coach

by Sam Peoples

According to ex-Netherlands international Peter Boeve, Alexander Buttner has got all the capabilities of becoming Manchester United’s first choice left back in the future.

Speaking to Goal.com, he said:

“Many people were laughing about his transfer, they couldn’t believe it. Apparently not everyone has the insight to recognise talent.

“It’s lovely that he started like this at his new club. But he’s not there yet. It’s easy to come somewhere, but it’s hard to stay there. He must be mentally strong and keep both feet on the ground.

“He must work very hard and look at the other experienced players. He can learn a lot from them. He’ll also become a better play by training with better players.”

Peter Boeve has a similar background to Alexander Buttner having played at left back for both Ajax and Vitesse and he even coached Buttner when he was at Vitesse.

Boeve made over 200 appearances for Ajax and 16 for the national team, so he knows what it takes to be a successful left back for club and country.

“He must improve his good points. Buttner has insight, a good pass, is strong offensively, but defensively less. He can cover the whole left side, but must choose his moments. Peter Boeve

Buttner made a superb debut against Wigan, bagging himself a goal and an assist in an outrageously positive attacking display from a full back. He was, however, guilty of turning the ball over seven times and Boeve admits that he is far from the finished product.

He continued: “Buttner can improve a lot. I think he’s a better left-back than Jetro Willems [of PSV]. Alex deserves a selection for the Oranje.

“Alexander is still the rough street football player. Sometimes a bit uncontrollably, but you can unlearn that. But on the other hand, that playful style is also a good thing.

“The fact that Buttner played against Wigan proves that Ferguson see him as a serious option. Evra is getting older, Buttner is there for the long term. What term? He can decide himself.”

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