Manchester United defender Patrice Evra says he is relishing the fight with Alex Buttner for the role of left-back in Sir Alex Ferguson's team.
After his form was criticised last season, Evra's position has come under greater scrutiny this year following the arrival of Buttner from Vitesse Arnhem.
Evra is unlikely to be dropped at the moment. However, Buttner made a pleasing debut against Wigan earlier this month and is likely to get another chance to impress in Wednesday night's Capital One Cup third-round tie with Newcastle.
Yet Evra does not feel under any more pressure because Buttner is breathing down his neck.
"Football is like a pyramid," he said. "It is easy to reach the top of the pyramid but to stay there is the hardest part.
"It is too easy for people to say that now we have bought another left-back Patrice Evra will have to fight for his place. Patrice Evra has always fought for his place.
"If someone is there or not I will fight because you have to respect the shi...