Evra praised for helping Young
Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed Patrice Evra is the unsung hero behind Ashley Young's impressive start to life at Manchester United.
Last Updated: 09/09/11 2:36pm
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed Patrice Evra is the unsung hero behind Ashley Young's impressive start to life at Old Trafford.
Young, who joined United from Aston Villa for £18million this summer, has enjoyed a superb introduction to his Red Devils career.
The winger scored two excellent goals against Arsenal a fortnight ago to cap a string of solid performances.
Young's knowledge of Wayne Rooney's game from their time together with England has been cited as the reason why his transition has been so smooth.
Ferguson has spotted something different.
He believes Evra's attack-minded approach to his full-back role has allowed Young more space to display his talents.
"Some players come to a club like ours and find it difficult to settle in but Ashley has done exceptionally well," said the United boss.
"He is versatile and has a good understanding of the game.
"He is getting great support from Evra on the left-hand side. The great experience Patrice brings is very important for a player coming to our club."
United first spotted Young's talent many years ago.
However, Ferguson concedes the 26-year-old is a different player now to the one he kept an eye on back then.
"We tried to get him when he was at Watford but were just a bit late," he said.
"He has matured at Aston Villa and his form last season was fantastic considering they had a difficult year.
"Since he has come to us, he has taken the challenge very well."