Manchester United defender Jonny Evans intends to remain grounded - as he wants to stay on the right side of Sir Alex Ferguson.

At 21 Evans is making giant strides at Old Trafford but the Northern Ireland international will not rest on his laurels. The Northern Ireland international is fully aware Ferguson is constantly looking for young players to improve and not be distracted by off-field activities.

Evans said: "It is very rare for him to say anything bad about his players. He always gives them 100% backing. It is great to have that from a manager."

He added: "You have to be on your toes as well as you cannot upset him. You have seen what he has done in the past. If you you are taking your eye off the ball, he will get rid of you.

"He treats everyone as men. Everyone has got to deal with certain situations but if you need to go to him, he is there for you. He just wants you to enjoy your football.

"I played over 30 games last season, which was more than I expected. It is great to get those games under your belt. But I know I still need to improve as there are some fantastic players here."

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