the team is very fresh, it has a lot of energy and the football is quick. The [young players] just have to keep going and it’s up to players like myself, Rio and Vidic to make sure they keep [developing].”
One youngster Evra was particularly impressed with on Monday night was David De Gea. The young goalkeeper had come in for criticism after the goals he conceded against Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion, but in his competitive home debut at Old Trafford the Spanish Under-21 international shone.
“He was very good, with his feet, with everything,” Evra said. “I said to him afterwards that the crowd was behind him. That’s important and you have to say thank you to all the fans. He was really pleased with that.
“I told him not to worry – English football is never easy. I remember my debut against City. It was very difficult. After the first 45 minutes the boss told me to sit down and watch and learn. Sometimes you have a good day and sometimes you have a bad day. But I’m confident because David has a big talent and we’re going to help him.”