Fergie's faith in youth knows no bounds

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Patrice Evra believes the continued development of promising youngsters at Old Trafford will prove to be the key ingredient in a recipe for success at Manchester United for many years to come.

The 30-year-old Frenchman has praised the prowess of manager Sir Alex Ferguson, explaining that the confidence he has instilled in his rising stars, twinned with the winning mentality ingrained in all players from youth level right through to the first-team, can only bode well for the future.

"Bringing young players through is what we do here,” said Evra. “The boss is not afraid to give young players a chance.

“He knows they can help us to win more titles - that's the United way. It's always been like that. The boss never waits, or thinks it's too dangerous."

Evra's comments came after the Red Devils' victory in Sunday's Community Shield, after United recovered from a two-goal deficit to win the tie 3-2.

What was even more impressive is the fact that during the second half, the average age on the pitch for Manchester United was just 22 – proof that Ferguson not only has strength in depth, but that a new wave of youthful exuberance is flowing through the Reds' ranks.

One player who shone at Wembley was Tom Cleverley – a player that has gone from relative obscurity, to one of the most talked about players in the Barclays Premier League in a matter of days.

On Sunday morning, he was yet to make his competitive United debut. A few hours later, Cleverley was the toast of Old Trafford after coming off the bench to restore the game – and has since been rewarded for his superfluous display with a call-up to the senior England squad.


"Tom is a fantastic player, and I hope this season he will get a lot of opportunities," Evra continued. "In pre-season in America, he played some amazing games, particularly against Barcelona.

“In the second half [against City], you saw that he is not afraid. He had a lot of energy and we need a player like this. Players like Tom are the future."

Suggestions that Cleverley could be the ready-made replacement for the retired Paul Scholes reflects the meteoric rise of the 21-year-old midfielder. But Evra is confident in his ability to handle the pressure, and has backed him to take it in his stride.

"He's a quiet lad," Evra concluded. "He's a bit like Scholesy in that way. He never talks much, he just does his job on the pitch. He's a very private guy.”

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