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Manchester United fans judging me more than ever, says Evans

Jonny Evans has admitted he still has plenty to prove as he fears the axe at Old Trafford.

Evans may have slipped seamlessly into the heart of the Manchester United defence but the Northern Ireland international knows his Red Devils dream could turn sour.

There is an intense spotlight on young players at the Theatre of Dreams and Evans did fear succumbing to ‘second season syndrome'. Despite his assured and composed performances, Evans’ progress has been disrupted by injury and a fear his early-season form would not be recaptured.

“I was really disappointed when I got my injury because I was having a really good run in the side and I thought I was doing well,” he said. “It came at an unfortunate time for me.

“It took a lot longer to get back than I thought. I thought it was going to be a couple of days but it turned out to be six weeks before I could get rid of the calf problem.

“At the time I felt really good about myself and my game and I felt everything was clicking.

“I had a really decent first season last year and what I didn't want was for anyone to think that I had this so-called second season syndrome.

“People judge you more in your second year. You are given the benefit of the doubt in your first season.

“I didn't want to be one of those players who dipped in their second season.”

The Newtonabbey man insisted his best football was yet to come.

He added: “I wanted to live up to my standards and progress. You always need to improve. There were probably things last season I wouldn't get away with this year. People expect a lot more of you.”

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