Manchester United defender Jonny Evans believes he is a trusted member of the Reds first team squad at Old Trafford three years after making his debut. The 22-year-old, who went on loan to Sunderland to gain experience, has already made numerous appearances for United in big games.
While he realises he faces stiff competition to play in the team from Rio Ferdinand, fit again after a knee injury, Nemanja Vidic, Wes Brown and Chris Smalling, Evans is aware he is perceived differently now.
Evans said: "Whoever the manager chooses you have to accept it. It is good to have Rio back as he is such an important player in the squad.
"So any mess ups or if the manager doesn't think you are putting it in, he is going to take you out of the team. I do not think my position has changed that much.
"But I am sure I have gained the trust of all the lads, the manager and fans. When they see my name on the team-sheet they are not worried I was a young lad stepping in.
"I think I have gained enough credibility and experience the last couple of seasons to warrant a place in the starting line-up."