Evans keeping feet on ground
Manchester United defender Jonny Evans insists he has no intention of resting on his laurels.
Last Updated: 23/11/09 6:25pm
Manchester United defender Jonny Evans insists he has no intention of resting on his laurels as he bids to cement his place as a regular in Sir Alex Ferguson's first team.
The Northern Ireland international has made substancial strides this season as he has been relied on heavily in the absence of Rio Ferdinand through injury.
Evans, 21, impressed last term as he clocked up over 30 appearances in a campaign that saw United win the Premier League and Carling Cup.
While he looks to be more and more comfortable as a regular starter, Evans
is also fully aware Ferguson is constantly looking for young players to improve and not be distracted by off-field activities.
He said: "It is very rare for him to say anything bad about his players. He always gives them 100 per cent backing. It is great to have that from a manager.
"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."
Ryan Giggs, the most decorated player in United's history, is convinced Evans has a glittering future in the game.
"The performances he has put in, he looks as though he has played there 10 years," said the Welsh veteran.
"He has come into a team that has a centre-half partnership of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
"If one of them is not playing and Jonny comes in, to say you don't miss one of those players, is a great compliment to him and it is true as well."
Reserve team coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not think Evans will get big-headed.
"He is a great lad who has come through the ranks and the system," said the former United striker.
"He realises that when you go into the first team you don't suddenly change your character. He knows where he comes from."