Sir Alex Ferguson admits he expects defender Jonny Evans to be at Old Trafford for another 10 years.
The Northern Ireland international has emerged as one of United’s defensive linchpins, stepping in for both Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic during the pair’s many injury absences over the past four seasons.
The 24-year-old’s consistency has been rewarded with a four-year contract extension that will keep him at United until June 2016.
And Ferguson expects him to be around for a lot longer.
“Jonny has risen through the ranks to become an integral part of the first team squad,” said the United boss.
“When he and Rio played together consistently last season our results improved.
“He has been with us since he was a kid of 12.
“He always had talent, although when he was younger I was never sure whether he was going to be a midfield player or a centre-back.
“But he has played over 140 games now, which is more or less saying he is established.
“And he is still young. As a 24-year-old a centre-back he should be playing for the next 10 years. Hopefully it will be for United.”