Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Evans to fight for Manchester United place

Jonny Evans (centre) trains with his Manchester United team-mates

Jonny Evans is ready to fight ‘two of the best centre-halves in the world’ for a place in the Manchester United first-team.

The Northern Ireland defender makes his seventh appearance for United against Queens Park Rangers in the Carling Cup tonight, hoping that it can be a launch pad to breaking up last season’s Champions League winning defensive partnership of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson turned down a £10million offer from Sunderland in the summer and he has stated that 20-year-old is guaranteed to have a career at United, given that Ferdinand is a decade older than him, while Vidic is now 27.

And the Old Trafford boss has backed up his words by throwing Evans into two Champions League group games already this season as well as the Premier League battle with Chelsea.

“I am enjoying the fact that I am getting games, but it is still hard when they don’t come around that often,” said Evans.

“That is why it is important that we beat QPR, so that the young players who play get another chance in the next round.

“Some players might just be happy to be at Manchester United, but I’m not, I want to play.

“I know that it’s a tough challenge to get in ahead of two of the best centre-halves in the world, but I have always said that if you don’t want a challenge then Manchester United is the wrong club to be at.

“If I want to break up the partnership I have to be better than at least one of them and be performing better.

“That’s the only way I’ll break into the team more regularly, but I am working very hard and trying to learn as much as I can from them.”

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