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David Moyes has chosen continuity at Manchester United, says Jonny Evans

By Sinead Haughey

Jonny Evans will be out to stop the might of Russia tonight, and then it's all systems go at Manchester United under new boss David Moyes.

Ahead of Northern Ireland's World Cup Qualifier with Fabio Capello's side at Windsor Park, Evans spoke about the continuity Moyes has enforced since beginning his United reign.

"The only thing that has actually changed has been the manager and the coaching staff," said the central defender.

Moyes has focused on the team itself, rather than all the logistical aspects involved in running a club such as United.

"David Moyes is trying to keep as many things at the club that were set in place. It is such a big operation with travel, commercial activities – everything like that is set in place – the time we get into training, everything has stayed the same. Basically he comes in, takes training sessions and looks to put his own stamp on the team," described Evans.

An unused substitute in Sunday's Community Shield victory at Wembley, Evans spoke about the challenges of proving yourself to a new manager.

"There is a case that you have to try and impress him, but a big thing that you can't do is change your game. There is a thin line between trying to over impress, but as long as you keep doing what you're good at, that is the same for all the lads in the squad, if the manager fancies you, he will pick you," he said.

Evans also discussed the hot topics of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo. Both players have recently been linked with moves to United and Evans revealed his stance on their possible arrival.

"I would take either of them, they are great players – I don't think anyone would say no to that. But there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes, and as players we read it like everyone else in the papers.

"We don't really have inside info, we don't really speak to the chief executive or manager and ask what is going on, so we don't really know what is going on behind the scenes – obviously Ronaldo had a great reception last term and feels at home at the club, and he will have feelings for the club," revealed Evans.

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