Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that Robin van Persie has really helped Alexander Buttner settle into life in England at Manchester United.
The Dutch compatriots both made the move to Old Trafford this summer but the experienced head of van Persie has really helped Buttner settle in to what is a very new environment for him.
Speaking to Dutch media outlet Omroep Gelderland, Ferguson said: “I think that with Robin’s experience of England as he has been here a long time now will help him in terms of settling.
“I think that’s been the case he has helped him out in some areas and helped him learn about the new club and culture.”
Alexander Buttner hasn’t had too many opportunities so far with the resurgence of Patrice Evra keeping him sidelined but behind the scenes, Ferguson has been impressed in his first few months at United.
Ferguson said: “He’s trained very well and there are no issues at all.
“He’s settled in very well and has a house. I think he is enjoying it. It does take time to acclimatise yourself to a big club like Manchester United but so far he has done fine.”
Buttner being a United player is a big thing back in the Netherlands and he will have a documentary aired on January 26 about his life so far at Old Trafford.
The 23-year-old may have had limited opportunities so far but if he keeps his head down and continues to impress in training, he will certainly get more chances to impress and stake a claim on the left back spot.