Alexander Buttner
Alexander Buttner Reuters

Manchester United have confirmed the departure of left-back Alexander Buttner, after he completed a move to Dynamo Moscow for an undisclosed fee.

"Manchester United has finalised the sale of Alex Buttner to Dynamo Moscow for an undisclosed fee. Everybody at Old Trafford would like to thank Alex for his service and wish him well for his new career in Russia," a statement on the official United site read.

The Dutch defender arrived from Vitesse Arnhem in August 2012, the final season of Sir Alex Ferguson's Old Trafford reign. He was brought in as a back-up option for the club's first choice left-back Patrice Evra.

He impressed initially by scoring on his debut against Wigan Athletic, but was never a regular member of the starting XI.

Buttner made a total of 28 appearances with 25 of them coming as a starter, but eventually decided it was time to move on especially after United were linked to a big money move for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw.

The 25-year-old defender, who completed his move to the Russian club, spoke of his ambitions and about settling down in a new country.

"I want to play in the Champions League and win trophies, Dynamo are building a very strong team and I am sure that we will be good enough to try and win the league title this season," Buttner told Dynamo Moscow's official site

"This is my first time in Moscow and I will need time to adjust with my family. They flew out with me, so it would be easier to adapt. The training ground also has fantastic facilities. I am happy that I joined Dynamo," the Dutchman added.