Büttner bags Wigan award
United v Wigan
Man of the Match results
1) Alexander Buttner
2) Paul Scholes
3) Danny Welbeck
4) Michael Carrick
5) Ryan Giggs
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Alexander Büttner enjoyed a dream debut on Saturday, scoring United’s third goal and doing his bit at the back to help the Reds keep a clean sheet in a 4-0 thrashing of Wigan Athletic.
And the Dutchman’s bustling performance at Old Trafford has been recognised by fans on ManUtd.com, who have picked him as Man of the Match – and comprehensively too.
The 23-year-old left-back gleaned a huge 71% of the votes in our online poll, way ahead of second-placed Paul Scholes (16%). Danny Welbeck (8%) completed the top three.
One of the most impressive aspects of Büttner’s display was that he did not look fazed in front of 75,000 fans and took the opportunity to bomb forward at every occasion, including the one that led to his 66th-minute solo effort.
Yet the former Vitesse Arnhem player admitted afterwards: “I wasn’t nervous until I was standing on the field, looking around.
“I think it’s normal to be a little bit nervous if you play in front of so many people. In Holland, I played in front of 23,000 so it’s beautiful to play for so many more people.
“I’m happy. I’ve scored my first goal in my first game and I’ll never forget it.”
Congratulations, Alex – here’s hoping Saturday was the first of many award-winning games in the red shirt.