Evans relishing United 'mentor' role

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Manchester United defender Jonny Evans is hoping to pass on some of the experience he's gained at the club to the younger players in the team.

Whilst the 23-year-old remains a comparative youngster compared to some of the other players in the squad, his four years of involvement with the first team at Old Trafford stand him in good stead to help David de Gea, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones through possible tough times at the club.

And whilst the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic are also on hand to pass on some advice, Evans is eager to make his own impression for Sir Alex Ferguson.

"I guess I'm still classed in the young bracket but I do have a bit of experience. And, when I'm on the pitch, I want to try and help some of the newer faces," he told United Review.

"It's my fourth season at the club since I went out on loan at Sunderland, so I feel like there's advice I should be trying to pass on to the young guys.

"I can't just sit back and continue to let other people show me the ropes. I've been here long enough to be beyond that point now."

After a decent run in the side due to injuries, the Northern Ireland international lost his own spot in the team for the draws against Stoke and Basel with an ankle problem.


However, the centre back is being tipped to push for a first team return when fully fit, and is relishing the competition for places within the Red Devils camp.

"There's always been stiff competition here and Phil Jones joining the club certainly hasn't made me think any differently," he continued.

"I've just made sure I've got my head down and I've worked really hard. I've never been one for craving attention. If I know that I've given 100 per cent, then that's all that matters.

"I don't really listen to what other people might be saying - good or bad - about my performances. Of course, the opinion that really counts is the manager's."

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