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01/11/2013 10:46, Report by Adam Bostock
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Büttner gaining strength

"When I first came it was difficult because I didn’t know anyone and my family wasn’t with me, but after a couple of months it got better and I feel like I have lived here a long time now. I have many friends over here and I spend time with my team-mates off the pitch too. It was important for me that Robin was here because we could speak Dutch together. He helped me a lot."

Büttner would doubtless like more involvement, having played just three times in the first team this season - and only once in the Barclays Premier League. But whether he's putting in a 90-minute shift as he did against Norwich, or watching from the bench or stands, the ebullient young defender insists every member of the squad is valued and has a vital contribution to make.

"Even if you don’t play every game, you play a part," Büttner said. "Manchester United is a special club. Everyone plays and fights as hard as they can to help each other - the team spirit is fantastic at this club. And you learn every day in training and every match you play. You never stop learning at United. That’s one of the great things about the club."

Alex Buttner was speaking to Gemma Thompson for United Review, the official match programme.

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