Howard ready for fight

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Tim Howard has insisted that he has no intention of seeking an exit from Manchester United before he has proved he is capable of becoming indisputable first-choice keeper.

Howard has found high-profile errors marring his season at Old Trafford - and is currently behind Roy Carroll in the pecking order at the club.

However, the USA international believes that he must fight for recognition, and will not seek a lesser challenge.

"I am frustrated that I am not playing," he admitted on MUTV.

"If you are not playing and you are enjoying it, there is something wrong with you.

"I suppose it would be easy to leave, but that would be cowardice.

"If you continue to pick your bags up and leave every time something doesn't go your way in life, it is not going to be fun.

"In terms of staying and fighting for my place, it is easy - I am going to fight. I enjoy the challenge of improving and doing well and I plan on staying."

Howard admits that his relationship with Carroll and third choice Ricardo can be difficult at times because of the competition to be first choice.

"There is an intensity between the three of us," he said.

"Some days, we are not the best of friends, but it is a working relationship and it is enjoyable.

"The nervousness and anxiety you feel in your first year of doing anything is so healthy because it really keeps you on your toes.

"Unfortunately, you can't manufacture it, so it is natural to have an automatic let down in your second year.

"You often see situations where players find it difficult to reproduce their form in the second season, but that is where experience comes in. I am confident my better days are ahead of me."