Alexander Buttner
Buttner pleased with performance against Robben.

Manchester United full back Alexander Buttner insists he was always confident of shackling Arjen Robben in his side's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.

With Patrice Evra suspended Buttner deputised at left back but was widely recognised as the weak link in United's defence ahead of kick off.

But the Dutchman provided an excellent defensive performance up against his compatriot Robben, nullifying his threat and limiting him to shots from distance as United held on for a credible 1-1 draw ahead of the return leg at the Allianz Arena next week.

Buttner confidently spoke of his ability to battle the threat of someone he describes as "the best right winger in the world" ahead of Tuesday's first leg and has feels he lived up to his word.

"I did say that because I believe in myself and my qualities," Buttner told United's official website. "Of course, for me, he is the best right winger in the world and a really good player.

"But I watched a lot of videos so I know what he does and what kind of actions he makes. It was nice to stop him. I was focused 100 per cent to win my challenge and I think I did well.

"I think I showed before against Aston Villa and West Ham that I can defend well. For me, it's not my first focus – on defending – because I know I can attack well. I train hard every day on my defending and also my crossing and everything else."

Buttner was forced off with an injury with just 16 minutes of last night's tie remaining, but is hopeful of retaining his place in the starting line-up for the remainder of the season.

"I am happy that I played well. I can enjoy it now and want to be ready for the weekend. I'm a footballer. I want to play every time hope I am fit for Newcastle.

"I am good but my injury is more from Saturday's game (a 4-1 win over Aston Villa) because it (my hamstring) is feeling tight. I have to hope I am okay for the weekend."