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Thursday 14 November 2019

Manchester United hope to tie up deal for Alexander Buttner as Danny Welbeck looks to make up for heartache

Mark Ogden

Manchester United are understood to be close to finalising a deal for Vitesse Arnhem left-back Alexander Buttner.

Reports in Holland last night claimed that the 23 year-old, yet to be capped by the Dutch at senior level, will fly into Manchester today to finalise a transfer.

United, however, have this morning refused to confirm whether a deal is imminent.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted recently that left-back is an area in need of strengthening due to the lack of cover for French defender Patrice Evra.

United begin their attempt to win a 20th title against Everton at Goodison Park on Monday night. And Ferguson has singled out United’s young players and urged them to use the misery of last season’s failure to win the Premier League title as a motivation to regain the championship.

United forward Danny Welbeck has revealed that Ferguson delivered individual pep talks to his young team-mates as they made the journey back to Manchester from Sunderland following City’s dramatic title triumph last May.

“I remember it well,” Welbeck said. “We were travelling home from Sunderland on the coach and he went round all the young players and said to them ‘Never forget this, because this will win you titles.’

“He said: ‘This will make some of you into men and be the best you can be.’ When the manager says things like that to you, you really want to take note of it.

“It’s good motivation to have. Obviously it was an epic finish to last season, not good for us, but good for the other side of Manchester.

“I am a United fan and we lost it to our biggest rivals. It’s not something that you forget so easy. It hurts. You never forget it, it’s something you want to put right. Maybe because I’m a United fan it did hurt that bit more because it was City.”

Welbeck, who starred for England at Euro 2012 and will compete for a place with Robin van Persie in the starting line-up at Goodison, is expected to sign a new five-year contract at United this week.

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