Evans takes responsibility
Manchester United defender Jonny Evans admits he is passing on advice to the younger players at Old Trafford.
Last Updated: 28/09/11 4:08pm
Manchester United defender Jonny Evans admits he is passing on advice to the less experienced players at Old Trafford.
Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are making an impact in the United back four despite their relative young ages - 21 and 19 years respectively.
At 23, Evans is hardly old himself but he feels he should be helping the newer faces in the squad.
The Northern Ireland international centre-back told United Review, the official matchday magazine: "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.
"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."
Jones' arrival in the summer has increased competition for places in defence but Evans, who has been out with an ankle injury since the win over Chelsea, is happy with the situation.
"There's always been stiff competition here and Phil Jones joining the club certainly hasn't made me think any differently," he added.
"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."