Former Manchester United goalkeeper backs Alexander Buttner for success

Former United keeper backs Buttner
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Former Manchester United goalkeeper Raimond van der Gouw backs defender Alexander Buttner to succeed at Old Trafford.

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Raimond van der Gouw has backed defender Alexander Buttner to succeed at Old Trafford.

The 23-year-old left-back joined United from Dutch club Vitesse on a five-year contract earlier this month.

"If he can play plenty of games then people will love him because he gives absolutely everything," Van der Gouw told United's official website. "Don't worry about that; he'll never let you down.

"He's scored a few goals, but that's because he started out as a left midfielder. He only became a left-back in the last couple of years, but he made such big progress that it became his position.

"He still likes to go forward and try to score. He has a powerful kick, a very good left foot and he puts in some good crosses, too. He has a lot of energy and he's good for team spirit."

Buttner played for Vitesse from 2008 to 2012.

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