Manchester United Transfer News: Alex Buttner Right to Be Angry at David Moyes

Christopher Atkins@@chris_elasticoContributor ISeptember 6, 2013

BANGKOK, THAILAND - JULY 13:  Alex Buttner #28 of Manchester United argues a call during the friendly match between Singha All Star XI and Manchester United at Rajamangala Stadium on July 13, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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According to the agent of Manchester United full-back Alexander Buttner, his client was left frustrated on the final day of the transfer window after the Red Devils failed to secure a loan deal for Portugal international Fabio Coentrao.

As per quotes published on Dutch website Voetbal International, Buttner was denied a loan move to Turkish giants Besiktas as a consequence of United's failure to land their target.

Alexander Bursac's quotes are supplied by ESPN's Richard Jolly.

It's unbelievable that Coentrao was not signed on time and, whether that is an error on the part of Real or United doesn't matter.

We have received assurances of a loan. Alex is not necessarily looking for a guarantee of playing time, but he does not want to spend the entire season on the bench.

The fallout from Manchester United's deadline day failings has been the focus of much press attention in recent days and it appears Buttner is another casualty of the club's inability to sign their intended targets.

There is a question over whether Buttner is truly needed, regardless of whether a further left-back had arrived at the club.

United currently have three recognised left-backs in their first-team squad in Buttner, Patrice Evra and Fabio da Silva. Evra is the undisputed first choice, but it is Fabio who should be the backup.

The Brazilian had an excellent preseason and grew as a player while on loan at QPR last term. However, since the beginning of the new campaign, he has not been used despite his brother, Rafael, being unavailable at right-back.

It should also be noted that Fabio's ability to cover in both full-back positions makes him a better candidate for a squad place than his Dutch rival.

It is a somewhat bemusing situation that is yet to be properly explained. The conclusion must be that Moyes does not rate the Brazilian, especially given the decision not to release Buttner.

Indeed, given high-profile pursuits of both Coentrao and Leighton Baines, his faith in Evra must also be questioned.

According to the Daily Mirror's David Maddock and Alan Nixon, Baines will now receive a 50 percent wage increase for staying at Everton—a blow to any ambitions Moyes may have had to sign the player in January.

Former Vitesse full-back Buttner is right to be aggrieved at his own situation. He is not going to play ahead of Evra on a regular basis and his lack of versatility will cost him a place on the bench when all options are available.

The worry that United will be caught short of players should injury strike is understandable, but it would appear there is more than enough cover in defence—especially with a number of makeshift options at right-back.

Buttner is not proving himself to be a Manchester United-quality player and will move on at some point in the future. However, he should have been allowed to leave on a temporary basis this summer. He is not needed and will feel that, at 24, he is wasting his time at Old Trafford.