Alexander Buttner admits he came close to signing for Southampton before Manchester United came calling.

Buttner moved to United last summer from Vitesse Arnhem.

He told "Not only Southampton but four or five other clubs in England, Germany and France. I could have gone elsewhere, but if a club like Manchester United wants you, then, for me, it's a quick decision because I think it's the most beautiful club in the world.

"Everyone wants to play for Manchester United and me also, which is why I chose United. "