Jonny Evans has vowed to make Manchester City pay after Leeds United brought his birthday celebrations to an abrupt halt.
The Northern Ireland international turned 22 on Saturday, but the League One leaders wiped the smile off his face on Sunday with a sensational 1-0 victory at Old Trafford in the third round of the FA Cup.
The Newtownabbey man made his first start since November after suffering a calf injury, but Jermaine Beckford's first-half strike rocked the Premier League giants.
United and Evans are now hoping to take out their frustration on derby rivals Manchester City in the Carling Cup semi-final first-leg tomorrow.
“We're right in the middle of a really busy time of the season, but as a player it's one you really enjoy because there are lots of big games,” he said.
“As well as the league, we've got two big Carling Cup matches against Manchester City. So it's an exciting time and now I just want to play as big a part as I possibly can.”
The treatment room has been busy at Old Trafford, with a host of defenders nursing knocks, and Evans is simply thrilled to be back in action.
“It's frustrating to have an injury at any time during the season, but it was especially disappointing in the last two months to have missed so many games,” he added.
“With a lot of other defenders injured, you know that if you were fit you could get a good run in the side.
“All the other lads that have been on the treatment table recently have been thinking the same thing. So hopefully it won't be too long before we're all back.”