Luke Shaw is relishing the battle for Man Utd's left-back slot with new signing Alex Telles and is prepared to work even harder to give boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a selection headache.
The 25-year-old has been Solskjaer's regular first-choice throughout his manager's tenure thus far, but the arrival of Telles has now put his position under threat.
Brazilian international Telles, 27, was drafted in from Porto in a £13.5million deadline day swoop, despite United also having Brandon Williams available as cover.
Solskjaer clearly wanted further options down that side, but Shaw is not concerned by Telles' presence, and sees it more as a challenge.
"Competition for any team is a must," Shaw told the official Man Utd website. "There is competition for every single spot and you’ve got to be ready for it, work hard and give the manager a decision harder than what he’s had to make before.
"Like I said, competition is very healthy for the squad, it’ll push everyone even more because everyone wants to play."
United have not played since their humiliating 6-1 capitulation at the hands of Tottenham, the day before Telles completed his switch to Old Trafford.
While Shaw was not the only player to have an off-day, United's defence was a particular point of concern for Solskjaer, who could not seek to make changes for this weekend's fixture at Newcastle.
“It [Saturday's match] is one we all want to play in," Shaw continued. "We all hoped it would be a bit earlier, to be honest, as the last game wasn’t good."
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Shaw will likely keep his place in the side, if not only for the fact he has had time to rest in between fixtures due to his omission from the England squad.
Telles, meanwhile, has made the trip back to his homeland before flying onto Peru to represent his country twice – the second of which occurring on Wednesday – before beginning his long jaunt back.
He's therefore expected to start on the bench, while the break seems to have done Shaw and his teammates some good.
"We’ve had a lot of time to think and work and be ready for this," he added. "We need to win it. It’s a must-win game and we want to put things right.
"We’ve got very important games coming up. Everyone is looking forward to working hard so we’re going to be ready for it."
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