Manchester United star Juan Mata has vowed to fight for his place this season following the arrivals of an array of midfield talent this summer.
The Spaniard has become a central figure in the heart of United's midfield since signing in 2014, but faces stern competition from recent signings Bastian Schweisteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay.
According to Daily Star, though, Mata has no qualms about competing for places.
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The 27-year-old, who scored nine goals and assisted four in 33 appearances last season, said: “I have faced a lot of midfield competition with the national team and at Chelsea, but definitely we have a very good midfield at United now.
“The way we are playing with two central midfielders we have a very compact unit."
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Van Gaal deployed his most versatile midfielder in a wide position for much of last season, and while this might not be the ex-Chelsea man's strongest position, Mata is happy to just contribute to the team.
"Right now I am very comfortable to be playing on the right," he continued. "I try to cut inside with either Antonio (Valencia) or Matteo (Darmian) overlapping me and I feel very comfortable there, trying to link with the No.10 and the striker."
Above all, the Spanish international's main personal target is to score more goals in order to help ease the goal-scoring pressure on Wayne Rooney.
"This season I will aim again to score a good number and to help the team with assists and goals," he said.
"I had a 21-goal season at Chelsea and another with Valencia when I scored 14 so I've always been lucky enough to score a good number for a midfielder."