Jonny Evans has said that Manchester United’s young players need to focus a lot more and improve on various positions in order to be more competitive in the future.

This statement comes after the 2-1 loss at the hands of Crystal Palace in the Carling cup quarter-finals. Apart from bringing an end to the cup run, the defeat also raises questions about the quality of the young players present at Manchester United. Even though the likes of Tom Cleverley and Darron Gibson have traversed from the youth ranks only recently, there has been a lack of players from youth team who are on the same level of David Beckham and Gary Neville.

Paul Scholes is another player who is well known amongst the Old Trafford faithful for having come through the ranks, but it is quite sad to see Manchester United not producing the likes of Paul Scholes and Gary Neville nowadays. Jonny Evans was quick to point out this fact, but said that they still had a lot of quality and they can become a great player in the future. Manchester United lost to Crystal Palace with a side that contained the likes of Ravel Morrison, Ben Amos, Paul Pogba, and Ezekiel Fryers.

‘It’s good that the manager plays the younger lads, but unfortunately we’ve not managed to get the result. My first game was in the Carling Cup and it didn’t turn out as well as we expected, but the lads have got to keep focused and work hard on their games,’ Jonny Evans said after the game. Jonny Evans made his debut in 2007 against Coventry, but has gone on to become one of the established players at Manchester United. He is the first choice replacement for either Rio Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidic in case of an injury.