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The ex-Red Devils striker has asked for fans to be patient with the new full-back, labeling the summer signing as "somebody to look out for" in the future

Former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has offered his backing to his fellow countryman Alexander Buttner, insisting that the full-back will be a hit in the Premier League in due time.

Buttner, a summer signing from Vitesse Arnhem, has found Patrice Evra stiff competition for the left-back spot, though he did enjoy a start in Saturday’s FA Cup clash with West Ham.

But ex-Red Devils goalscorer van Nistelrooy believes United fans should not be deterred by this, and claims the 23-year-old could well be a future star at the club.

"Alexander has made a great start," he told Manchester United’s official website. "He needs a bit more time as he's definitely somebody for the future.

"He's been getting games in the Champions League. For him, it's a dream come true. He's got the ability and needs to learn to obtain more experience and he's definitely somebody to look out for."

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