Whirlwind start shocks Buttner

Dutch debutant enjoying life at Manchester United

Alexander Buttner: Celebrates scoring Manchester United's third goal against Wigan

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Manchester United new-boy Alexander Buttner admits he had to pinch himself to make sure he was not dreaming ahead of his Old Trafford debut.

The Dutch left-back made a perfect start to life in the Premier League as he scored United's third goal in a 4-0 win over visitors Wigan.

He also created another and helped keep a clean sheet as Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson decided to rest Patrice Evra ahead of Wednesday's Champions League tie against Galatasaray.

But the 23-year-old admits it has been a whirlwind few weeks since his surprise move from Dutch top-flight side Vitesse Arnhem.


"When I stood on the pitch on Saturday, I thought 'how have I ended up here'," he said.

"It has all happened a bit fast. You hope to get some minutes on the pitch, but I was suddenly in the team.

"I heard about it first on Friday from Rene Meulensteen (United coach) and then from Ferguson.

"I'm just going to enjoy playing football and I really enjoyed my debut I'm learning here every day."