The club has announced the signing of Alexander Büttner from Vitesse Arnhem after a Dutch newspaper broke the finalisation of the deal this morning.

“Joining Manchester United is one of the best days of my life,” said the player. “It’s a team I have admired for many years now and I can’t wait to join my teammates and play my part in helping the club be successful.”

Sir Alex Ferguson, who has been looking for cover for Patrice Evra following Fabio da Silva’s year long loan deal with QPR, is equally as impressed.

“Alexander is one of the best young left backs in Europe and we’re delighted to sign him,” he said. “He’s someone we’ve been watching for a while now. He gives us some really exciting options in that position.”