Most players spend their whole lives around big moments yet manage to miss out. Zlatan Ibrahimovic for example never won the UEFA Champions League but he played for Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Barcelona and Manchester United.
Even the great Steven Gerard left the beautiful game without any Premier League winners’ medal.
Former Vitesse left-back Alexander Buttner spent only two seasons in Manchester yet has that which eluded Gerard throughout his career.
The Dutch man on reminiscing his time at United says he has former coach Alex Ferguson to thank for that.
Buttner started only 9 nine games in his two-year stint at Old Trafford, but he remains upbeat about his experience in England. Despite being around to witness David Moyes’ disastrous reign, memories of him scoring on his debut and also on Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game remains forever etched in his memory.
The Dutch man later left United but he remains one of the last final examples of just how good Ferguson was when it comes to turning a bunch of slightly talented group of players into winners.
The then United boss signed the former Vitesse star on recommendation from his scouting department to give the aging Patrice Evra some competition yet featured Buttner more often than he would have expected.
With time, Moyes took over and for some time, had his own desired signings before the results stopped matching what United thought they were buying before they signed him to take charge and replace Ferguson.
Within a couple of months, the Scot was out of the way for a new manager, Louis Van Gaal and the former Oranje boss came with his own set of required signings like Daley Blind and the rest. This effectively meant Buttner’s time at Stretford’s End was over.