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24/03/2014 08:06, Report by Nick Coppack
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Büttner: Wayne goal no fluke

Alex Büttner wasn’t surprised by Wayne Rooney’s wonder-goal at West Ham on Saturday and says he hopes to be sharing the pitch with the no.10 more often.

Büttner made only his seventh start this season for Manchester United – and his first in the league since September – so had a close-up view of Rooney’s spectacular long-range lob.

The goal has had many observers drawing comparisons with David Beckham’s strike at Selhurst Park on the opening day of the 1996/97 season, but Büttner says it’s the sort of thing Rooney does regularly away from the cameras.

“He scores a lot of goals like that in training,” the Dutch defender said. “He scores unbelievable goals all the time, not just in matches. Still, even though you know he’s capable of it you don’t expect what we saw [at West Ham]. It was brilliant… unbelievable.”

Büttner, who is likely to start against Bayern Munich at Old Trafford in the absence of the suspended Patrice Evra, was delighted to be back in action for the first team on Saturday.

“It was a good feeling. It’s a long time since I played a game so it was good for me to play today. I feel good.

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