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Evans: I’m Back… And I Want Big Role

Jonny Evans started against Leeds at the weekend after not playing since the first week of November.

He has been frustrated to miss so many games, but now he’s back he hopes to play as much as possible.

“It’s frustrating to have an injury at any time during the season but it was especially disappointing in the last two months to have missed so many games,” said Evans. “With a lot of other defenders injured, you know that if you were fit you could get a good run in the side. All the other lads that have been on the treatment table recently have been thinking the same thing. So hopefully it won’t be too long before we’re all back. We’re right in the middle of a really busy time of the season, but as a player it’s one you really enjoy because there are lots of big games. As well as the league, we’ve got two big Carling Cup matches against Manchester City. So it’s an exciting time, and now I just want to play as big a part as I possibly can.”


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29 Comments

  1. Macheda IS GOD says:

    Welcome back lad

  2. READ CAREFULLY WHAT I says:

    Johnny Evans is a quality player with what appear to be all the right attributes to be our new centre back regular. We need to find the right lad to partner him though as I too suspect Vida is off and Rio will probably be plagued with this injury time and time again.

    I think what we miss most though at the moment is the type of player who really grabs the game and throttles a victory out of it.
    Who can we say is the equivalent of Roy Keane, Eric Cantona or Bryan Robson in our current squad?

    Fletcher ? Comes close but………..

  3. 20legend99 says:

    Evans is class, just needs to find his feet again. Welcome back.

  4. Giles Oakley says:

    Welcome back, Jonny me boy, one of the few whose reputation didn’t suffer yesterday.

  5. READ CAREFULLY WHAT I says:

    @ Giles Oakley
    Happy and healthy New Year in 2010 mate.

  6. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    @ READ CAREFULLY WHAT I Said – Totally agree about Fletcher he is good but I think its pretentious to compare him to some of the legends of the past. He’s had 1 full good season and he’s done well this year too but will have to do more to cement his status IMO. As for Evans he will go on to be a class act. If we still had Pique I honestly would have no qualms about both Rio and Vidic going (I rate both highly and big fans of both), unfortunately we sold Pique for peanuts so Vidic needs to stay and he will.

  7. HARGREAVES' CURLY HAIR says:

    Welcome back Jonny Evans! the lad is going to be a world class defender. i’m glad he’s back from injury and from what he says and what fergie recently said is that not too long maybe by the end of january we’ll have a fully fit squad!:-) (including Hargo!)
    the future certainly looks bright for evans and for united unfortunately the FA cup exit was not a great way to start 2010. anyway we’ll get off the mark by thrashing Shitty!
    We are UNITED!!

  8. HARGREAVES' CURLY HAIR says:

    Welcome back Jonny Evans! the lad is going to be a world class defender. i’m glad he’s back from injury and from what he says and what fergie recently said is that not too long maybe by the end of january we’ll have a fully fit squad!:-) (including Hargo!)
    the future certainly looks bright for evans and for united unfortunately the FA cup exit was not a great way to start 2010. anyway we’ll get off the mark by thrashing Shitty!
    We are UNITED!!
    Does anyone btw fancy Gourcuff to join united in the summer? the guy is world class and is 23 years old.

  9. HARGREAVES' CURLY HAIR says:

    Hey guys don’t you fancy Gourcuff joining united? the guy is world class and is 23 years old. i mean we can do with some quality players in midfield as Hargo and Fletcher play alike and are world class to also mention. Anderson is one for the future and Carrick is an excellent passer of the ball but rarely gets STUCK IN. Then that it leaves me to Gibson the lad is a great shooter of the ball but does’nt posses many aspects to his game to convince me he’ll make it at united. i think he’ll turn out to be a good player for the bottom half of the premiership and maybe at most playing for fulham aston villa etc. united may be a step too far for him. at least he’s better than lucas!

  10. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    Didn’t Gourcoff flop at Milan?

  11. devil@singapore says:

    evans look like a down to earth chap, not one craving the limelight, kinda like scholesy or giggsy. will be around for a long time i hope. good player.
    welcome back evans!!

  12. Mr Santos says:

    Always liked Jonny, loved him since the moment he ran in front of the camera screaming after Macheda scored ‘that goal’. He’s a class act. However I’d prefer for the players to do their talking on the pitch, showing a bit of bottle and desire wouldn’t go a miss. Not saying that Evans doesn’t however, just in general.

  13. 20legend99 says:

    @HARGREAVES’ CURLY HAIR – funny you should say that. I bought Gourcuff in FIFA10 and he’s been fantastic. Just thought I’d mention it, if the price is right I say give him a run. No one better than Fergie to improve a player.

  14. a red from wisconsin says:

    Evans is the man!

    Love the choice of pic, can’t forget the time he gave Drogs the ‘shivers’

  15. sppibsihmkcrkg says:

    wonder if fergie scouts player through fifa10. Same as ppl who do well on champ manager then apply for jobs coz they took aylesbury town to the europa league

  16. weeeeldrinkadrinkadrink says:

    I really like this boy,seemsto have a wonderful attitude and is a superb reader of the game.Evans can go on to be a United legend if he can avoid injuries and the pitfalls that his talent inevitably bring.He is the main reason I’m not distraught at the ides of Vidic leaving.

  17. denton davey says:

    Gerrard Pique is a fantastic player YET SAF chose Jonny Evans ahead of him – that choice says it all.

  18. united_devils89 says:

    welcome back jonny
    i think jonny is pure quality and would be our first choice regular in a season

  19. sppibsihmkcrkg says:

    agree wi denton davey, that does say it all. Fergie chose a player who wanted to stay wi united, never went sulking when he wasn’t playing, who if i’m not wrong played more games than any other defender during our great run not conceding goals last year over someone who wanted out as soon as he realised he’d have to bide his time and learn his trade. Said it all to me well done fergie

  20. Ulster Red says:

    no doubt that our jonny is going to be one of the top top defenders in the world, proud hes at united

  21. stretford972 says:

    thought he got injured yesterday, could see him feelin his hamstring in the last couple of minutes. Hope it was nothin

  22. aig alex is god says:

    Denton Davey

    i agree there. I wont say Evans is not good enough but Pique really has been a rock at Barcelona, also i always found him a replacement for rio because of his ability to carry the ball out of defence and is quick on the ground. Dont want to compare the 2 but a future partnership of Evans and pique would have been a great one. Shame we sold him and that too for just 5 mn pounds but it seems he was homesick so we were left with little choice

  23. bchilds says:

    It’s good to have him back, he’s a top defender.

  24. King Eric says:

    Notorious Red Devil – To be fair to Fletch it isn’t just one season. He has been putting in great perfomances for 3 years or so now particularly in the “big games”. Still only 25. At the moment he is as key to United as Keano was.

  25. King Eric says:

    As for Jonny he is a great defender . The best young centre half around.

  26. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    @ King Eric – I’ll agree Fletcher is as important to United now as Keano was. I’d say the turning point for Fletcher was the l’arse game when we won 4-0. I can’t say I was that impressed with him in 06/07. I’m just saying currently in the grand scheme of things he isn’t up there with the legends. If he carries on as he is there is no doubt in my mind he will be. It is refreshing to read that he’s only 25. Fletcher is a clear example of not to write young players off at 22/23.

  27. Mozza79 says:

    What the fuck is going on with these video ads that automatically load? Disgraceful.

  28. Kevin says:

    Great Post Notorious
    I hope Anderson and Obertan can follow his lead. Fletcher is a great example to follow for other young players. Put down your nose and work hard and goods things will happen.
    agree that Evans has a bright future and could become a player who goes on to a long career with United.
    I hope Vida will stay and realize he has it all at United and why move? If he is unhappy in Manchester so be it but I hope he learns to like it and decides to stay with us until close retirement. But Madrid seem keen on him so who knows what will happen.

  29. denton davey says:

    aig alex: “Pique really has been a rock at Barcelona, also i always found him a replacement for rio because of his ability to carry the ball out of defence and is quick on the ground. Dont want to compare the 2 but a future partnership of Evans and pique would have been a great one. Shame we sold him and that too for just 5 mn pounds but it seems he was homesick so we were left with little choice.”

    They say timing is everything – and the timing with Gerrard Pique was pear-shaped. Who knew that Rio would get crocked and have trouble regaining full-fitness ? Who knew that Mrs Vidic is longing for retail therapy in the sun ? I would think that if SAF could turn back the clock then he would have sold one of Vidic or Ferdinand – both ???? – and put his bets on the Pique/Evans partnership.

    But, in real time, that decision would have made no sense whatsoever so Pique was “sacrificed” and he has become a super-star for Barcelona/Spain.

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