"I believe in myself and my qualities. Of course, for me, Robben is the best right-winger in the world and a really good player. But I watched a lot of videos so I knew what he does and what kind of actions he makes. It was nice to stop him."

02/04/2014 08:37, Report by Adam Marshall
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Büttner shackles Robben

Alex Büttner was a proud man after his sterling performance during Manchester United's draw with Bayern Munich.

The Dutchman deputised for suspended left-back Patrice Evra and shackled fellow countryman Arjen Robben for much of an enthralling 90 minutes of Champions League football.

For somebody who has had to be so patient for opportunities in the team, the 25-year-old was heartened to hear he was on the shortlist for our Man of the Match award, eventually coming second to Nemanja Vidic in the fans' Twitter vote.

Despite leaving the field with 16 minutes remaining due to injury, Büttner is hoping to be available for Saturday's trip to Tyneside to face Newcastle United in the Barclays Premier League and extend his run in the team to four out of five games.

"First of all, when I heard I was going to play, I was focused for every minute on this game - and to do it well," he told

"If it goes well, it is a good feeling. Patrice couldn't play and I started now to play more games. I was talking with the manager and he said I was going to play so I had more time to lift myself for this game.

"I am happy that I played well. I can enjoy it now and want to be ready for the weekend. I'm a footballer. I want to play every time and hope I am fit for Newcastle.

"I am good but my injury is more from Saturday's game because it [my hamstring] is feeling tight. I have to hope I am OK for the weekend."

Büttner said beforehand he was confident of being able to handle Robben and was as good as his word with a tenacious display at full-back.

"I did [say that] because I believe in myself and my qualities," he explained. "Of course, for me, he is the best right winger in the world and a really good player. 

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