Wayne Rooney says the forward line will be full of talent at Manchester United next season, with a host of stars fighting for limited positions.
Rooney’s words echo last season’s selection problems, in which Dimitar Berbatov, the league’s joint top goal scorer with Carlos Tevez, had trouble getting a start ahead of young star Javier Hernandez and the more seasoned Rooney.
And after United defeated Seattle Sounders 7-0 last night in a pre-season tour match, with five squad members on the goal scoring list, Rooney said it shows how much competition there will be for the striking position next season.
"We know there's a lot of competition for places with the strikers this season," said Rooney. "And we've got [Javier Hernandez] to come back in as well.
"We all need to make sure we keep working hard and fight for the one or two places available."
Hernandez is currently being rested, after the Mexico international participated in the Gold Cup in June. Mexico won the Cup, and Sir Alex Ferguson says that Chicharito will be pushing very hard for a first team place.
"He’s as good a player as I’ve ever dealt with in the penalty box, in terms of movement and decision making", Ferguson said.
"He’s brilliant with those qualities.
“He might even improve on that next season, but where he does need to improve is in the technical bit. He’s doing that all the time though.”
Rooney added that the pre-season tour is providing fantastic preparation for the squad, as United prepare to defend their title and challenge European champions Barcelona once more.
"I think the [7-0] result shows how hard we've worked this week and we've benefited from it tonight," Rooney said after thrashing Seattle.
"We looked sharp and scored some really good goals.
"It's a great result for us but the most important thing was the work-out."