Evra tips Fabio for the top

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has backed fellow left-back Fabio da Silva following the youngster's sending-off in the Carling Cup, tipping the Brazilian to become one of the club's greatest ever players.

The 19-year-old has made just five appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions since arriving - along with twin brother Rafael - from Fluminense in 2008.

However, the left-back's League Cup debut against Wolves last week turned sour after just 30-minutes, with the starlet dismissed for a professional foul on Michael Kightly at Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side went on to win the tie 1-0 courtesy of Danny Welbeck's second-half strike.

And Evra, United's first-choice left-back, has revealed he was quick to comfort the disappointed defender both during and after the game.

"It was painful for him, and it touched my heart," he told the club's official website.

"I went down to speak to him in the dressing room at half-time and then again at full-time, just to say, ‘It’s ok, these things happen, just carry on and look forward'.

"I love Fabio, he’s a great left-back and I think a lot of people need to trust in him.

"I have trust in him and I think he can be one of the best left-backs Manchester United has ever had."