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

Alex Büttner says experience and extra gym work are helping to make him a better player as his second season as a Manchester United player moves into another month.

The Reds left-back rounded off October with his sixteenth career appearance for the club and it was a sweet occasion as he helped David Moyes' side to beat Norwich City and book a place in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals. Büttner impressed former United defender Henning Berg enough to make his shortlist for Man of the Match.

Working as a pundit on MUTV, Berg said: "I thought Alex did great. That's why I included him because it's good to see a young guy being attack-minded and showing his quality."

Büttner told us this week: "I feel like every game I play makes me stronger. I spend a lot of time in the gym here after training as well. In Holland I didn’t do that. That has really helped me.

"I think I have improved a lot in the last year and I think there is a big difference in the player you saw one year ago to the player you see now. I feel a lot stronger."

The Dutchman also attributes his improvement to feeling settled in England, 15 months after his arrival from Arnhem in his native Netherlands.

"I live outside the city next door to Robin [van Persie] and near to Shinji [Kagawa] and I feel very settled now. It’s great," Büttner enthused.

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