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Evans: I’m Not A Top-Class United Centre Back Yet

Manchester United haven’t had much luck with our defensive injuries this season, with Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Wes Brown, Gary Neville and Rafael all already missing games through injury, whilst Jonny Evans has limped off and conceded he will need surgery sooner or later.

Hopefully Evans should be fine to face Arsenal at the weekend, partnered by Vidic, and this is a challenge our young defender relishes.

“Sometimes playing against bigger teams is a bit easier,” said Evans. “You are playing against better players and it raises your concentration levels. You think about the game a bit more. Concentration is a big part of defending. You need to keep switched on to do your job properly.”

Last season Evans played in both games against Chelsea, the away leg against Inter Milan, the League Cup final victory over Tottenham, and our crucial final home game of the season against Arsenal which saw us lift the Premiership trophy.

“I didn’t expect to play so many games last season,” he added. “But I didn’t expect Rio to have the problem with his back or Vidic to get suspended for a couple of games. It got me into the team for a while, so there was a bit of luck involved. But getting into the team lifts your confidence and self-belief. There was a bit of a blip when people started to look at my performances a lot more, so it can go both ways. But overall it was a great experience. But I also know there are plenty of things I need to add to my game before I even think about becoming a top-class centre back at United.”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. Gotta hate tiny tears says:

    are you looking for one of them or all of them
    also———-has noone an evans chant—–??

  2. King Eric says:

    Isaidso – I listed that as a quality mate when I said “he can play a bit”.

  3. Dani says:

    Robben? I think we’re good with wingers. I really think we should go for a attacking midfielder. Sneijder ou Van der Fart would be really good.

  4. King Eric says:

    gotta hate and WillieRednut – Yeah I am not keen on the bloke. Talks shit. Reckons Rooney is 5ft 6!!

  5. King Eric says:

    Why Van Der Vaart? He is shit. Over rated cunt.

  6. AlphaRS says:

    Guys it was just a thought. I think we need to mix up our midfield.
    I’ve thought for a long time that our midfield lacks quality right at that top level. It also doesn’t contribute enough goals like dare I say it Lampard and Gerrard.

  7. willierednut says:

    Jonnys a future captain the kids got class.

  8. Yo Ma Piema says:

    @King Eric

    Mate, do you really think van der Vaart is shit ? I seldom see him playing a bad game, be it with Ajax, HSV, Madrid or the Dutch national squad. I think he has great passing ability and he also scores quite a lot of (beautiful) goals. And he can also take freekicks very decently.

    But I think if we were going for a Madrid player we ought to be looking at Wesley Sneijder, I think he would be a great replacement for Scholes in the near future. I know many people see Anderson as Scholseys natural replacement. But I think Anderson is a complete other player and Sneijder would fit perfectly in the United team. With him in the squad we also have someone who can take all/most of the set pieces.

  9. Yo Ma Piema says:

    edit. Sneijder is probably on his way to Inter Milan, a damn shame if you ask me :-(

  10. willierednut says:

    Wen van der vaart left ajax he went to hamburg, none of the big european clubs bid for him that says it all for me.

  11. Drew Vader says:

    What a fucking dive by Eduardo… You think the papers will even mention it tomorrow? Will they be calling on the ref to make a public apology? I fucking doubt it.

  12. King Eric says:

    Drew – Disgusting dive pal. Said to my misses (who was not remotely interested) that lets see what the media have to say tomorrow compared to if it had been last seasons Ronnie.

    As for Van Der Vaart I don’t think he is shit I just don’t think he has anything to offer United. On their day Fletch, Carrick, Ando to a lesser degree and Scholesy are all better players.

  13. King Eric says:

    Alpha RS – I can see what you mean but Stevie Me is a second striker now.

  14. Macedonia_United says:

    eduardo should be given fuckin oscar for his performance

  15. aig alex is god says:

    anybody watchin the fiorentina sporting game.the guy pererihna looks a good talent.he was linked wid us last year.moutinho free kick was good

  16. Macedonia_United says:

    moutinho was linked with us last year i think,he is good midfielder

  17. aig alex is god says:

    hmmm.the gooners played wel against everton who are slow starters themselves.pompey are struggling.they got 3 lucky goals against celtic.fabregas may nt be fully fit for sat.we can beat arsenal.they wil run out of luck.

  18. Macedonia_United says:

    @aig alex is god true mate they have scored 12 goals in 3 games,and only one goal from a striker eduardo vs everton in 80 min,only midfilders and defenders scored their goals so i think we have very good chance to beat them like we did in the fa cup at old traffor when we won 4-0

  19. Macedonia_United says:

    2 goals fletcher, one rooney and nani great game btw

  20. Supermanc says:

    I live a stone throw away from where Evans grew up and it really does fill me and other Utd supporters with pride when you see how he has done over the past year for club and country! If every player Fergie has shows as much maturity as Evans then Utd will be in a good place for the forseeable future!!

  21. willierednut says:

    2 zip gooners.

  22. aig alex is god says:

    our defending is much better than any team the gooners have played.also their defence has nt been tested that we definitely have a good chance.nani and valencia can definitely tear down the wings.the gooners full backs love to bomb forward

  23. King Eric says:

    aig – Evening. Of course we can beat Arsenal. They have beat nobody of any note yet like you say and should find United a whole different prospect. Everton were carrying a defender who wanted out and Portsmouth were just awful. You can rest assured the likes of Fletch and Scholes/Carrick/Ando won’t let their midfield slice them wide open like Pompey and Everton. Getting sick and fucking tired of commentators and the media drooling over Arsenals “perfect football”. Its bollocks. WE play better football. Then they bang on about the “great youth”. Who exactly? Aside from Ramsey and Wilshire who were hardly both brought through Arsenal’s academy. If they are that great how come they have been trophyless for nearly 5 years? Cannot wait for Saturday.

  24. AlphaRS says:

    We should have said to The Fascists we want £80 million and Van Der Vaart, Sneijder, and Robben for Ronnie. Even that wouldn’t be enough it you asked me! Hehehe.

  25. willierednut says:

    Watching the arsenal game, clive tidsley says any of the top 8 seeds cud get madrid, juventus or inter milan, wats the odds we get madrid. ps that belgium defender looks good for the gooners, reminds me of vidic.

  26. smokebreaksteve says:

    Might be looking too deeply into things but am a bit worried that the fat rich kids across the city are still looking to buy at least one more player.What better way of getting under Fergies skin than to put in a bid for Evans before the transfer window closes. They need cover at CB and they might offer to double his money to sit on their bench.Don’t know how loyal any kid would be to his chosen club these days but the lure of the cash might unsettle him and cause friction ala Lescott.Probably talking out of my arse but does anyone feel the same?

  27. willierednut says:

    Jonnys a united fan mate the bitters have no chance.

  28. MUFC the Religion says:

    King Eric

    Hear hear. Totally agree with your post. Everyday pundits talk about the “beautiful passing football”, UTD do play better, we attack with fast passing and movement with convinction.

    Fletcherinho will be all over their midfield, with or without Fabregas.

  29. Rax says:

    @ The Binocular: “Defenders are like wine”
    Fergie’s a connoisseur ;)

  30. Isaidso says:

    Smoke break Steve – City want VIDIC and ROONEY. They are waiting for SAF to retire next year, because they know for sure they will NEVER get any United players while SAF is in charge. They only got Tevez because he wasn’t on contract. They are desperate to get these two players, and will OFFER them the earth, anything they want to move over to the blue side of Manchester. This is why SAF has told the United hierarchy to negotiate Vidic contract and improve it, even though he only recently got an improved one. Same with Rooney.


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