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Buttner 'ready' for rampaging Robben

ESPN staff
March 31, 2014
Can Manchester United knock out holders Bayern Munich?

Alex Buttner admits it will be a "tough" task to mark Arjen Robben during Manchester United's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

Buttner is expected to replace the suspended Patrice Evra at left-back for the Old Trafford clash and, having only started eight games under new United manager David Moyes, the 25-year-old admits he lacks experience of such big games.

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Darren Fletcher can't wait to take on Bayern Munich with David Moyes's team © PA Photos
  • Darren Fletcher admits Manchester United's stoical fans - those not flying protest banners - have helped prevent the struggling team from buckling.
  • Facing holders Bayern Munich in the Champions League must be a daunting task after the season David Moyes's team have had, but the midfielder claims he is relishing the challenge. "I can't wait," he told MUTV.
  • "What an occasion - it doesn't come any bigger. We've got to get up for this game and really believe in ourselves. Everyone is writing us off but we've got some good players here who will be desperate to do well.
  • "We've seen [the fans at Old Trafford] at their best all season. Everyone else seems to be criticising but the fans have stuck behind us and we see that as players. There We've lost matches and they still applaud us coming off the pitch.
  • "We've got a special bunch of fans and we want to reward them. They'll all be looking to Tuesday and getting behind us again. Hopefully we can do them proud."

"It's going to be a tough day," Buttner, who long-term prospects at Old Trafford are not the brightest, said. "This will be one of the biggest games I've ever played.

"I feel confident. I know what Arjen Robben can do and I am ready for him. This kind of game is why you play football. It is a chance for me to show what I can do. He's a good player."

Amid claims of diving and spitting, Robben tormented Arsenal during his last outing on English soil and was instrumental in Bayern's 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium in February.

United have suffered a miserable start to Moyes' tenure and, despite Bayern's 19-game winning streak being ended by Hoffenheim on Saturday, Robben insists their style gives opponents little chance.

"Guardiola has turned us into the most dominant team in Europe," he said. "We are more dominant than we have been. Our playing style is even more attacking than last year.

"This manager is tactically so strong. We don't let our opponents come up for air. That is the Bayern of Guardiola.

"We go there with a lot of confidence - but there is no free ticket. It would be a mistake to say we can do it easily. It will be difficult - league form doesn't always translate to Europe."

Bayern travel to Manchester without midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who partially tore a right knee ligament during Saturday's draw at the Allianz Arena.

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