What Jonny Evans told Sir Alex Ferguson about Man Utd's young stars in phonecall

The 36-year-old is at the other end of his career now but initially came through the Man United academy.

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Jonny Evans believes Manchester United will always have a reputation for bringing through academy talent and has spoken about the successful pathway with former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Evans came through the academy as a young defender during Ferguson's tenure at United, making his debut in 2007 and staying at the club for eight trophy-laden years. He returned to Old Trafford on a free transfer in the summer after being released by Leicester City and has been a rare success story in an otherwise dismal campaign.

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Upon returning, he joined the likes of Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay in the bracket of academy graduates and they have been joined by the new breed of Kobbie Mainoo. It continues a long line of young Reds being given first-team opportunities and Evans insists it will always be a cornerstone of the club.

“I actually spoke to Sir Alex, a month or two ago, just a quick phone call, and it is one of the things that came up, the history of the club and Academy players, how it's a big belief at this club, to give young players a chance," Evans told MUTV. "I don't think that is ever going to change. I think it is always going to be the way here.”

Evans turned 36 on Wednesday and is now at the other end of his long and distinguished career, but being among the experienced core brings its own rewards. The defender has been able to see the latest batch of promising young talent cut their teeth in senior football.

Mainoo has been outstanding since making his first Premier League start against Everton in November, while both Dan Gore and Willy Kambwala have looked assured when called upon.

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“I have been so impressed and I think their attitudes, first and foremost, have been outstanding,” Evans added of the young trio. “I think having a good attitude as a young kid always allows you to progress and you get to a certain period in your career. The three of them have got it.

“Every time they come into training, they show great character and application. I think that's the reason why they have been given that. The manager has been able to look at that and see that he can trust them.”

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