Manchester United's Patrice Evra ready to fight for place

Manchester United's Patrice Evra says he is ready to fight for his place in the team with new signing Alex Buttner.

The France international left-back, 31, welcomed the extra competition for places and questioned whether their squad was strong enough last season.

Buttner, 23, who joined from Vitesse Arnhem in August, impressed on full debut, scoring a goal.

But Evra said: "If someone is there or not I will fight because you have to respect the shirt."

Patrice Evra facts

  • Joined Man Utd in 2006 from Monaco for £5m
  • Appearances - 297
  • Goals - 3
  • Premier League titles - 4 (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11)
  • FA Cup - 0
  • League Cup - 3 (2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10)
  • Champions League - 1 (2007-08)

Buttner is likely to be selected in Wednesday's Capital One Cup third-round tie with Newcastle.

Sir Alex Ferguson has described Buttner, who is yet to be capped by the Netherlands, as one of the "best young left-backs in Europe".

Evra, 31, signed for Man Utd in 2006 from Monaco, making over 290 appearances and winning four Premier League titles.

He added: "When you play for Manchester United that is the big challenge. Maybe last year there wasn't enough competition on every part of the pitch.

"They forget how I got to become Manchester United's left-back. I fought with two great players in Gabriel Heinze and Mikael Silvestre."