Wayne Rooney says he is ready to fight for a place in Sir Alex Ferguson’s starting line up as Manchester United prepare to face Tottenham at Old Trafford this weekend.
Rooney made his return from a month-long injury lay off against Newcastle in midweek and is in contention for a spot against Spurs. However summer signing Robin van Persie has hit the ground running, scoring five goals in his first five league games for the club.
With Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez also pushing for a starting spot Rooney is under no illusions of the task he faces in getting back into United’s line up, and insists he is happy with being rotated between competitions.
“There is a lot of competition up front, but that is great for the squad," said Rooney. "The manager will rotate when he feels it is necessary.
"There are a lot of games throughout the season. It means we can get a rest here and there to make sure we are ready for the big games towards the end."
With a Champions League tie against CFR Cluj coming before a Premier League re-match against Newcastle, Rooney says is desperate to finally get his season up and running.
"It does feel like the start of my season," he said.
"It was a freak injury and whilst it wasn't too bad, I had to be careful when I came back training and in games because it could open up again.
"There is only so much you can do in the gym. You need that training and game time to get you to your full sharpness.
"I am glad to be over it and back playing."