Dutch ace Daley Blind accepts he must continue to fight for the right to start games for Manchester United.
The Holland international midfielder was a regular for the Red Devils during the opening months of the season due to injuries in the centre of defence and at left-back.
Blind has recently seen Marcos Rojo come in from the cold and be restored to the heart of the United rearguard.
The 26-year-old has also been rotated with Italian right-back Matteo Darmian in the last few games.
And with first-choice left-back Luke Shaw now fit once again, reports last month were even suggesting Blind could be surplus to requirements under boss Jose Mourinho.
The Dutchman, however, insists the competition for places at the Theatre of Dreams will only keep pushing up standards, and he told MUTV: "It's a very important period. We have a very fit squad and I think we need everyone because we have a lot of games.
"I think that makes the team better and better. Everyone wants to fight for his place and the competition is high.
"You have to perform and lift each other's performances - it's good for the team."
Blind could get another opportunity to prove his worth in Saturday's FA Cup tie at home to Reading.