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Evans: It’s An Honour Captaining United

Jonny Evans, who has made his way through the ranks at United, has reflected on his experience of the League Cup. The competition is a great opportunity to give our young players some experience, as well as win silverware.

Evans was named captain for United in the competition last season, although it happened to be the game in the quarter-finals that saw us knocked out.

“Last year, I was captain of the team that got beaten by Crystal Palace,” Evans said. “Although I don’t like saying that! It was an honour to be captain but we lost that game. It was quite a young side we had out that night but I’m sure the manager will juggle it and make sure he picks a team that can win the tie. We won the League Cup two years in a row not that long ago, because it was along the lines of the manager giving the young lads a chance and, to be fair, he did stick with it all along the way. It was the first trophy I won at the club and he stuck with the young players that time. I’m 24 now and I just feel like I’ve gained a lot of experience over the last couple of years. Hopefully I can pass that on.”

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  1. Dave Malaysia says:

    Dear Jonny Evans, Glad ure back. Hoping ur fully fit again. Worried everytime I see u holding yr legs in discomfort. Ankle problems are tricky. Hoping ur overcome the problems.

    Continue progressing and be a genius for us this season.

    God Bless.

  2. united says:

    now valencia is injured!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…whats is going at carrington????

  3. united says:

    going on*

  4. kanchelskis says:


    He was injured in the challenge with Johnson at Anfield. Where does Carrington come into that?

  5. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Really good to have Jonny fit. We are in a state with our defense at the moment.

    Vidic out 8 weeks
    Jones out for 6 weeks,
    Smalling not heard from.

    Time to call up the reserves tonight? Keane and Wooton might do a job, would be great to see either in the cup.

    As to Jonny, just hope and pray he stays fit!

  6. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Evans again will be crucial this season. I think it’s time he fully cements his place as a first choice..

  7. Eric keane says:

    smalling will be back in 2 weeks… Jones will be back in a montah i hope.. Till then we have 2 cb’s 1 rb and 2 lb’s. thats bare bones ‘arry style.

    For tonight i hope this team starts.
    Vermijil wooton evans buttener
    Bebe cleverly fletcher brady/cole/lingard

  8. united says:


    mate did u watch the match!!!!…valencia looked fine after the challange from johnson and finished the whole 90 mins where he was also drafted in to cover for rafael at RB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…

  9. united says:

    tonights team.

    de gea – m keane – wooton- evans – buttner – nani – clev- fletcher – anderson – chico – macheda

  10. Costas says:

    Future United captain, no doubt. ;)

  11. Proverb says:

    Defensively still not quite comfortable
    But at going forward he’s very exciting, skillful and seemed to have built a very good understanding with tonyV, hopefully he’ll this time around manage to keep fit for as long….

    Its very sad to note that we’re still struggling to keep our most important players fit.

  12. Proverb says:

    Man United v Newcastle will hopefully give us more great games like these

  13. Marq says:

    Just don’t jump into a tackle like what you did against Liverpool & you’ll be fine. Those kind of tackles, either you are early and risk getting injured, or you are late, and risk getting a red card

  14. Proverb says:

    Evra admits all United stars now living in fear of Fergie’s axe

  15. FletchTHEMAN says:

    How is Angelo Henriquez doing? Some are saying he will get a start, but I feel Forwards will be some of the senior lads who haven’t been getting any games. Can’t have a whole side of newbies.

    I am expecting Hernandez and Welbeck with Rooney about the place at some point.

  16. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Fletch – too early for henriquez, especially against a top defender like coloccini. Best he could hope for is a cameo. Hernandez, macheda or welbeck will lead the line, maybe add rooney if he’s deemed ready.

    Another player I think should get his chance is brady. We’re short on wingers, could do with another, brady looks to have all the quality required but this is a chance to show he can make that step up.

  17. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Fletch – too early for henriquez, especially against a top defender like coloccini. Best he could hope for is a cameo. Hernandez, macheda or welbeck will lead the line, maybe add rooney if he’s deemed ready.

    Another player I think should get his chance is brady. We’re short on wingers, could do with another, brady looks to have all the quality required but this is a chance to show he can make that step up..

  18. slayer says:

    I would like to see Rooney back in the squad. I really hope he could be fit enough to play along RVP, would like to know how well both can work together and how much this combi could affect our team’s offense and defense. But for this match, I believe Chica and Welbeck will spearhead United’s offensive. Other than that, I would like to see our youths carrying the defenses, perhaps a solution can be found among all those youths that are not in the first team selection.

  19. Wakey says:


    He may have carried on but many players but its been confirmed he picked up a knock in the challenge for the penalty. Sometimes injuries that seem like nothing more than a knock that can be run off can turn out to be worse the next morning.

    And even if he had been hurt in training it’s nothing to do with Carrington. You will notice most clubs when they get injuries don’t usually see them spread across the positions instead they seem focused in particular positions.

    I would suggest this is due largely to the following 2 issues
    - When you lose a couple of players in 1 position the players left know how important it is they stay fit.
    - Players are rushed back from injury quicker than they would have otherwise

    In both cases it has a mental impact on the players that impacts how committed to challenges and 50/50 balls they are (the same effect that a cup final/international compitition looming) . Injuries are more likely to happen when 1 of the players challenging isn’t doing so at 100%. It’s why you see players like Saha injured so often with different injuries each time as their past I jury see’s them ‘protect’ it and lim creases the chance of other injuries.

  20. Wakey says:

    Personally I think Kiko needs the start more than our other strikers. A couple of injuries up front and he could be back in contention so games in matches like this are vital. After all 1st team games are what Kiko really lacks and has hindered his progress.

    I would go for Kiko alongside either Welbeck or Hernandez. Then bring Henriquez on for 20 minutes

  21. Wakey says:

    Oh and I see little point risking Rooney. Leave him for the weekend where he can start on the bench

  22. FletchTHEMAN says:

    New Paul Scholes banner LOOKS GREAT!

    ADORED !!!


    Thanks to Stretford End Flags

  23. parryheid says:

    Personally I would rather Bebe over Macheda I don’t think he will ever make it at United,just saying like

  24. FletchTHEMAN says:

    While you are waiting for the game. Laugh at Liverpool.

    Merseyside humour at Liverpool airport (via @sportingintel)

  25. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Reporters at Carrington reporting members of the traveling squad:

    Wayne Rooney, Henriquez, Brady, Blackett, Vermijl

  26. Saturn says:

    Rooney and Fletcher start

  27. Proverb says:

    Man utd XI v Newcastle: De Gea; Vermijl, M Keane, Wootton, Buttner; Fletcher, Cleverley, Anderson; Rooney, Welbeck, Hernandez.

  28. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Starting XI: De Gea, Vermijl, M Keane, Wootton, Buttner, Fletcher, Cleverley, Anderson, Rooney, Welbeck, Chicharito

  29. Hans says:

    Amazing and amusing at the same times !!!! Read the comments after the article LOL!!!!

  30. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    ROONEY’S BACK!!!! surprised Lingard’s not given a place though but fuck it I want us to win tonight. COME ON BOYS!!!

  31. Proverb says:

    Great line up imo
    This should be apples to get us through to the next round, also happy to see wazza has finally returned from that horrendous gash he suffered vs fulham, it was about
    Hopefully he’ll be hungry and eager to reclaim his position in the team :)

  32. xol says:

    3 prongs of attack, I like it. A 4-Fletch-2-3 with Anderson further forward like when he was Brazilian. Buttner doing the wing job and maybe the same for Vermijl on the other side. Proper cup game I hope. Lets score more than them.

  33. Proverb says:

    Apples :P = able

  34. Proverb says:

    [It was about time...] Fucking typos

  35. rat1p says:

    at least an honest article.he deserves credit for that.

  36. Doghouse says:

    I’m so pleased for Evans because he took such flak from fans who blamed him when he stepped up to hold the line after injuries earlier in his career. He’s a top defender and people are starting to see that now. He doesn’t have the assertiveness of a Rio or a Vidic, he doesn’t have that big character that they have, Rio with his skills and his guile and Vidic with his physical dominance of the area and the airspace, so he feels kind of ordinary as a result. But he’s not. He’s got great skills, really good vision and distribution, he’s getting smarter with his challenges and he’s a hard defender to beat. And he’s still so young for a centre half.

    He’s got things that he needs to add to his game, a little more power and presence, but I think this will come as the goalkeepers behind him develop too. He’s on course to be a really solid player for the club, maybe even a star. He’s certainly learning a lot from both Vidic and Rio, as he has adopted bits from both their games.

  37. slayer says:


    Although it was a fair article, it still hard to tell what really happened. Yes, there are some wrong judgment or difficult to make judgement from the Ref (like the one where 2 players going for the ball), but Liverpool’s fans sometimes forget how much a referee must look after and can sometimes miss certain thing or saw the wrong thing. Well, if they like bitching so much, why not they go and be a Ref? Would they get a 100% accurate and consistent judgement or will they become bias when it comes to the match where Liverpool is involved? Sometimes, I prefer our players would put up a fight for their life than relying on penalty. It creates less media attention and less problem for fans to argue about. Besides, the satisfaction would be something like turning the tide and winning a match where one is losing. How I miss the days when United gives one hell of a fight no matter whose the opponent.

  38. redbilly says:

    Congratulations Jonny. Hope the lads put a good shift in for you.. Hope its a good one


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