Alex Büttner insists he’s ready to face Bayern Munich at Old Trafford on Tuesday night in Manchester United’s Champions League quarter-final first leg.
With Patrice Evra suspended, Dutch defender Büttner is expected to line up for the Reds against the German champions in what will be his first start in Europe’s knockout stages.
Bayern, already Bundesliga champions, boast two of the top wingers in the world, with Büttner likely to come up against his fellow Dutchman Arjen Robben.
"I know him a little," Büttner told MUTV. "It's not under discussion how good he is! We all know that. "I think he’s very good one against one, especially when he comes inside.
"I have never played against Arjen before but I know what he can do and I am ready for him. It would be good for my career if I could do well against him.
"I have to focus and be confident in my own quality. I know I can get the better of him. It’s going to be a tough day but this kind of big game is why you play football. It's what it's all about."
Despite making only his eighth United start this season against Aston Villa on Saturday and admitting he "felt his hamstring a little", Büttner is adamant he’s ready for