‘I used to be in a chip store after I obtained a name from Man Utd – I simply thought f*** off’
The 34-year-old, who now performs for De Graafschap within the Dutch second division, nearly hung up his telephone to complete his fish supper as he thought his agent was pulling his leg. Buttner joined the Red Devils in 2012, having beforehand attracted curiosity from Sunderland, Southampton and QPR.
However, it was United and Sir Alex who obtained to him first. The Dutchman solely made 28 appearances at Old Trafford earlier than transferring on to pastures new, however followers will always remember the unimaginable backstory that led to him first arriving on the membership.
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He mentioned (by way of the Mirror): “I was eating a big portion of chips with some mates and my brother when I got this call from my agent. I thought it was a massive prank because when I had been visiting one of the other clubs, at one of the stadiums there was a Manchester United book and I said to my agent ‘take a picture of me with the book and we’ll pretend I am in England to sign with Man United.
“I assumed it will be a cracker as a result of my mates knew I had gone to England. Then per week later my agent referred to as me after I was within the chip store and simply mentioned ‘Alex, it is Manchester United.’ I simply thought, f*** off, however he was actually critical. Everyone round me checked out me and puzzled what was occurring.”
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He additionally recalled the loopy celebration that adopted: “All my mates looked at me and I said ‘we are going to Manchester!’ Then everyone went crazy. The chip shop was upside down. It was such a great moment. Celebrating the biggest transfer of your life in the chip shop around the corner. My brother jumped on the table, my mates went wild.”
Buttner’s time at United ended with a Premier League title however quickly after, issues modified. He did not get together with new managers and left for Dynamo Moscow in 2014.
The Dutch footballer additionally talked about his first drink, which got here from none aside from Sir Alex Ferguson. Buttner confessed: “When Ferguson first offered me a drink, I initially declined.
“I had by no means had a drink earlier than. Sir Alex laughed at me – after which I took my first very drink. Those are moments I’ll always remember. We grew to become champions in England and I assumed, why not, let me have a drink.”