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"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."

- Jonny Evans

28/09/2011 11:00, Report by Adam Marshall

Evans passing on advice

Jonny Evans admits he is starting to feel like a senior figure at United as he plays alongside the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.

The centre-back was in excellent form before picking up an ankle injury that ruled him out of the draws with Stoke and Basel and it's expected he will push for a return when fit again.

"I guess I'm still classed in the young bracket but I do have a bit of experience," he told United Review, the official matchday magazine. "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."

Evans is happy to thrive on the battle for his place, although he prefers to remain out of the spotlight.

"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."

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