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Northern Ireland international Jonny Evans is keen to end Manchester United season on a high

By Steven Beacom

Published 22/04/2015

Raring to go: Jonny Evans could play on Sunday
Raring to go: Jonny Evans could play on Sunday

Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans is determined to finish a frustrating season for him at Manchester United on a high.

The 25-year-old is available for the Red Devils again after serving a six match suspension, having been found guilty by the FA of spitting at Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse early last month.

Without Evans, who has continually protested his innocence, United have enjoyed one of their most impressive spells of form since Louis van Gaal took over last summer beating Spurs, Liverpool and Manchester City. Their fine run of form ended on Sunday when they lost 1-0 to Chelsea.

At Stamford Bridge, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones were out through injury. If they aren't fit for Sunday's league game with Everton, Evans will come back into the reckoning.

He played on Monday night for the under-21 side in a 1-1 draw with Leicester, his first football since featuring for his country in the 2-1 Euro 2016 qualifying victory against Finland on March 29.

"It felt good, but it does take you a while to get the pace of the game," said Evans, who wants to help the first team secure a top four place in the remaining five league games.

"It's nice to be a part of it - the first team has been excellent in the last couple of months. It's been a process but it's been coming for a while. We've always believed and he (the manager) has always believed in us. We've got to make sure we carry those standards on.

"We've been used to that over the years, having pressure and, this time, it's to qualify for the Champions League.

"Obviously, winning the league has probably gone but there is still pressure at Manchester United.

"I think the lads have been thriving on that over the last couple of months. It'll be good to end the season with a big challenge for us. It's one I like to think we're up to," said Evans, who could leave the club in the summer.

Meanwhile Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill will meet Irish League managers this week to talk to them about the local game and offer advice on how they can help bring more players into the international set up.

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