Jonny Evans has previously declared his desire to play regular first team football at Sunderland, but thanks to reassurance from Sir Alex Ferguson, has changed his tune somewhat.

Rio Ferdinand has advised Evans to be patient as he will reap the benefits in the future, something the young defender has clearly taken on board.

He has today said he will do everything he can to keep his place in the team, whatever competition he plays in, as representing this club is something he’s dreamed of since he was a kid.

“The incentive is there for this team because the manager says he will stand by us,” said Evans. “You just have to do well to keep your place. It is really tough just getting into the squad here. There are some outstanding players to come back in, although it is always going to be tough at Manchester United. You just have to keep grafting away, hopefully get more games and believe eventually your time will come.”

Evans has represented United in all competitions so far this season, playing against Chelsea, Celtic, Villarreal and QPR.

“I have only played four games, so I am not getting carried away,” he said. “It would be nice to play a few more matches, but I do feel comfortable and I am enjoying it. You work hard on the training ground to ensure you take these kind of chances. Playing for a club like Manchester United is what we all dreamed about as a kid growing up. You owe it to yourself and your family to give everything. Whether it is good enough or not, at least you have tried.”