Scott McTominay is determined to make himself a Manchester United regular next season despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's attempts to sign a new midfielder.
United are interested in Sean Longstaff and Bruno Fernandes but McTominay says he is not concerned about the prospect of more competition.
"Regardless of what other signings like," he said.
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"That's one thing I've done over the last two years, I've always backed myself. I've been trying to train hard and I've got to try and give me that one percent difference."
Despite the interest in adding another midfielder to his squad, he is running out with three weeks to go before the transfer deadline.
Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera have both shorted in the center of the pitch.
The pair combined to make 49 appearances for United last season and McTominay admits the shake-up of the squad has presented him with an opportunity.
"It's my ambition to be regular No. 6, No. 8, a box-to-box player – that's my main ambition," he said.
"That's always been my goal. It's important that I really go for that now.
"There is an opportunity there and you've got to take it with both hands."
"Last year I had some decent performances and it's important that I carry on from that."
McTominay, 22, has been associated with the club since the age of five when he attended a development center in Preston.
He is closing in on 50 first team appearances after making his senior debut under Jose Mourinho in 2017 but the Scotland international insists that he is not just playing games – it's a help United start challenging for the Premier League title.
"He said," That's the desire of the kitchen at Carrington, "he said.
"That's the sun of the football club, to get it back to where we want to be. That's the top of the league and it's important to get there."