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The left-back was handed his maiden appearance in Europe's premier cup competition on Tuesday evening, as Manchester United secured a 3-2 victory over Braga

Manchester United full-back Alexander Buttner has expressed delight after making his Champions League debut against Braga on Tuesday evening.

The summer signing from Vitesse Arnhem was handed a starting place by Sir Alex Ferguson as the Red Devils overcame a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 at Old Trafford.

And, despite giving a mixed performance, the defender was pleased to have made the step up to Europe's premier cup competition.

Speaking to reporters after the match, Buttner said: “[Champions League] is a higher level. It's my first game, I want to play high-level football.”

Buttner has been touted as a potential threat to Patrice Evra’s starting position at the club since arriving from the Netherlands, but the 23-year-old insists he has nothing but respect for his team-mate.

“Patrice is also good,” he said. “If he plays, it's OK. I look to him and how he plays, and I learn from that.

“On the training ground, we speak a lot. We are in the same position, we are left-backs.”

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