United youngsters lead the way

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Patrice Evra has backed £18million summer signing David De Gea to be a success at Old Trafford, and cited his own struggles at the start of his Manchester United career as a reason to be patient with the young Spaniard.

De Gea made an uncertain start, looking nervous on his Red Devils debut in the Community Shield, and followed that performance up with an error in the Barclays Premier League opener at West Brom.

However, after Monday's 3-0 victory over Tottenham, and De Gea's first clean sheet for Sir Alex Ferguson's side, Evra praised the 20-year-old's performance and vowed to do everything he can to help him settle in England.

"The goalkeeper's performance was very good. He did well with his feet and everything," said Evra. "The crowd were behind him too, so he should say a big thank you to them," said the Frenchman.

"I have been telling him not to worry because English football is not easy. I made my debut against Manchester City - it was really difficult.

"After the first 45 minutes, the manager took me off, told me to sit down, watch English football, and learn.

"Sometimes you have good days. Sometimes you have bad. I am confident because he has a big talent and we are going to help him."


De Gea was just one of a number of young players fielded by Manchester United on Monday night, with the starting XI combining an average age of just 24 - the new look Red Devils have a youthful exuberance about them.

At 30, Evra now finds himself as one of the more senior members of the squad - a role that the left back is relishing as he bids to help the group of promising young players right the way through the campaign.

"We have lost a lot of experienced players," he continued. "But now you can see the team is fresh, with a lot of energy. The football is quick.

"They have to keep going and the more experienced players have to help. We know we have a big responsibility. We want to win everything. That is the Manchester United way."

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