Jonny Evans says he's aiming for the highest position possible at Manchester United, and wants to show he's a worthy captain of the side.

Nemanja Vidic currently holds the honour of long-term skipper at Old Trafford, and Evans is fully aware that it will take many years to live up to the standard of the stalwart defender.

However the 25-year-old is keen to assume a leadership role within the squad in the future, saying: "It's obviously an ambition I had when I was younger - I wanted to be captain of United.

"You look at the captains over the last couple of years, they're close to 30 before they get the nod.

"I'm sure there are plenty of players above me who want it and are in line to get it before me."

In a sign that he is leading by example, last week Evans insisted that he would make sure United don't become complacent in the race for the title, even though the side are now 15 points ahead of City at the top of the table.

"We all saw what happened last year," he explained. "It's up to us to make sure it doesn't happen again. We keep saying it but hopefully we've learned from that experience.

"We're in a great position in the league but we don't want to give City any sniff of getting back in.

"We didn't imagine being 12 points clear at this stage. It sounds like a lot but it's only a difference of four games.

"The position we are in, we can't wait to get each game over with. It's important to take all three points with the international break coming up - it would be a massive boost to us."