Alexander Buttner admits he's unlikely to be match fit for new club Manchester United.
Buttner has been in dispute with Vitesse Arnhem over his future and has been training away from the first-team squad.
"With not being allowed to train with the first team and the arbitration case against Vitesse, this was not a nice time so I see this as a reward," he said.
On his surprise move, the left-back added: "If a week ago, you told me that together with Robin van Persie I would be playing at Manchester United, I would have driven you straight to the mad house.
"One month ago Manchester United sent an email expressing their interest, but in the last four days it became concrete.
"I have not spoken yet with Sir Alex Ferguson, but if all goes well that will happen."For all the latest football news go to tribalfootball.com.