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United star Evans delighted to storm off against Stoke

By Carl Markham

JONNY Evans admitted he took the soft option and headed for the dug-out when a ferocious hail storm caused referee Mark Clattenburg to call a temporary halt to the Capital One Cup tie at Stoke.

Old timers were not too impressed at the move.

And it did seem rather odd when Clattenburg took both sets of players back to the dressing rooms for over nine minutes until conditions eased.

But the Northern Ireland international insisted there was no option – because no-one could see.

"It was crazy conditions," said the Manchester United defender.

"The wind was blowing hailstones into our eyes. They were the hardest hailstones I have ever felt. You couldn't keep your eyes open, which meant you couldn't see.

"You're torn about whether to stay on and give it the hard-man look or just get to the shelter of the dug out – I made a beeline for the dug-out."

Although United struggled after the resumption, conditions had eased considerably by the time they started the second-half.

It allowed them to take control of the quarter-final, with Ashley Young and Patrice Evra scoring the goals that secured a two-legged semi-final against Sunderland.

After suffering back-to-back home defeats by Everton and Newcastle, it means United have now won three on the trot for only the second time since David Moyes succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer.

Additionally, they have not conceded a goal, which is good news for Evans and his co-defenders.

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