Jonny Evans’ ability is something most people took note of following Sir Alex Ferguson’s refusal to sell him. Sunderland saw a £10 million bid rejected for a player that hadn’t even had a look in on the United first team.

Having already won over the fans at Sunderland, who chanted “There’s only one Jonny Evans!” as he warmed up alongside the pitch in our meeting at Old Trafford, he is receiving increasing praise from our fans and the media alike. He’s put in two solid performances against Chelsea this season, as well as Inter Milan, Villarreal and a whole host of other teams, with a total of 20 appearances so far this season.

He has today claimed that he is ready for the League Cup final, as are the other younger players who are likely to feature, and points out he is not as inexperienced as people might think!

“Most of the lads don’t get nervous,” Evans said. “People talk about inexperience but, as long as your concentration is good and you do the basics right it should be fine. You don’t want to get carried away on the ball and try to beat people at the back. It’s best to keep everything nice and simple.”

Evans is quick to point out that he isn’t as inexperienced as people describe him as, reminding us of the Premiership season he’s already had with Sunderland.

“People say I was a rookie defender when I came into the team but we had a lot of tough games at Sunderland last season,” he added. “Playing against Chelsea and Arsenal when you are near the bottom of the Premier League isn’t easy. Of course, we have good players here which does make it easier. They have helped me and I have gained confidence from that.”