"I could have gone elsewhere, but if a club like Manchester United wants you, then, for me, it’s a quick decision because I think it’s the most beautiful club in the world. Everyone wants to play for Manchester United."
- Alex Büttner
What was the football like on the streets?
I played against my brothers and my friends. They are really big and, if you see them now, they are like two metres tall. I think that made me strong. I didn’t want to lose to them on the street. We always played on the field and out on the street and we had a stone we used to put it like this [motions down by his feet]. Somebody has to put it on with the ball and, if it falls off, you go out so everybody fights for the ball and you don’t want to lose.
You must be close to your brother – you share a Twitter account…
I have got Twitter with my brother, yes. The Büttner brothers. It’s because he wants to be on Twitter, and me too, so we do it together and he likes it.
The fans appreciate your character - did you know you were their Man of the Match in the game at Sunderland?
Of course. I’d never played at Sunderland before and it’s nice to play in such a big stadium. It’s good that the fans like me, but I want to fight all the time. I want to win every game and I think that this is a good attitude.
And it was some debut against Wigan...
It was beautiful. I could have scored against Sunderland too, but I was unlucky. My first job is to be defensively good, though, and I think I am doing that very well now. I learned a lot last season.
The modern-day full-back also has to get forward a lot as well, though…
Sometimes I talk with Pat because the field at Old Trafford is like an aircraft hangar. It’s so big! We have to be powerful, us full-backs, as we have to help the strikers, but track back too. He helped me so much this season. He’s talked a lot with me and it’s good that he’s done that.
You also played at Old Trafford for the U21s. Are you happy to get minutes under your belt at that level too?
Of course. It’s for fitness and staying fit so I play in the games. I think I’m very happy with my first season here. Having 13 first-team outings is a good number for my season.
You said earlier this season that you were willing to be patient. Was that the right approach to adopt?
I know Patrice is here and he plays so many games. I know that and I know I am for the future. It is okay. If I play 12 or 13 games this season then I’ll be happy.