Martin Montoya is relishing a battle for his first-team place – after handing out his first assist of the season.

The right-back expects to come under pressure from fit-again Ezequiel Schelotto down his flank.

Montoya is likely to start at Manchester United on Sunday, helped by an impressive display at home to Norwich which included his cross for Leandro Trossard to make the breakthrough.

But he is ready for a season-long battle with Schelotto, who has come back from a serious knee injury.

Schelotto has come off the bench twice, the first of them to replace Montoya against Everton.

Montoya told The Argus: “I’m really pleased for him because he suffered last season.

“An injury like that, which rules you out for six or eight months, is hard. The mental aspect of coming back and being in form is really tough.

“Of course we are rivals for a place. We are both on the right and we will be fighting all season to be in the XI.

“He is a wing-back as well but we both like to get forward so we have similar characteristics.

“You’ve seen he is really fit. He is getting his chances and I am pleased for him.”

Montoya believes there will be pressure on United to win after their latest Premier League slip-up at Bournemouth.

He added: “At home, they need to take three points. We will go and try to get three points, play like we have been playing.”