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Evans set for Old Trafford return

Evans set for Old Trafford return

Young Northern Ireland defender Johnny Evans is set to return to Manchester United next season after impressing whilst on loan at Sunderland.

The 19 year old told journalists at the Belfast Telegraph 'The manager has made it clear that I won't be going out on loan again. I'll be back at United and we'll see what happens. I'll be involved in pre-season and he has more or less said that I will get games.'

Evans spent the beginning of the season loan at Belgian feeder club Royal Antwerp, where his performances gained him a place in Lawrie Sanchez`s Northern Ireland squad. His reputation began to soar, and after much speculation, former Manchester United legend, Roy Keane snapped up the promising defender for the remainder of the season where he helped guide Sunderland back to the Premiership as champions.

Though Evans is set to face stiff competition for places from the likes of Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra, Neville, Heinze (if he`s still there), Silvestre, O`shea and Brown, Evans is confident that he can force his way onto the United squad.

'I am a Manchester United fan and it has been my aim since I signed for the club to get into the first team. The incentive is there for me now and I want to be good enough to be playing for United'.

The news of Evans return will be music to Sir Alex`s ears, whose aiming to re-build a new, young team to compensate for the impending loss of the likes of Scholes, Giggs, G.Neville and Solskjear, and in Johnny Evans, Sir Alex has a promising young defender who can play right across the back line, and he is without doubt a star in the waiting, even if his chances will be limited next season.

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Date:Tuesday June 5 2007
Time: 4:00PM


He's been playing as right-back for Northern Ireland now I come to think of it so he'll be good cover. In five years' time we'll have a Vidic-Evans CB pairing though :-)
05/06/2007 16:07:00
He is a excellent player hopefully he will get some good game time
05/06/2007 16:11:00
Now I come to think of it, I don't envy Craig Cathcart. He's excellent but won't make it with Pique and Evans around.
05/06/2007 16:30:00
im not sure if pique will stay to be honest. At least it means we might now be able to get rid of Silvestre
05/06/2007 16:38:00
I fear it will be Heinze who leaves
05/06/2007 16:43:00
Yeah, I also have a gut feeling that Pique prefers Spain and will earn himself a move there.
05/06/2007 16:44:00
the future defence will be FABIO-EVANS-VIDIC-RAPHAEL!!!1
05/06/2007 18:17:00
Fabio-Evans-Cathcart-Rafael :-)
05/06/2007 18:25:00
Evans has shown how good he is while on loan at sunderland but i wonder if he would of been better off there next season in the prem to hone his skills when else will he get first team prem experience clearly he wont dislodge ferdinand or vidic so why let him sit on the bench when he could be out taking on the prems finest with sunderland now making him a better playing for us in the future. As for utds back 4 in a few years time it aint looking bad is it? Half of the prem would like a combination of any of the youngsters already mentioned right now.
05/06/2007 19:20:00
remember how many defensive partnerships we had last season, 7. im sure that evans will have some chances in the first team, and he is sure to be in the carling cup squad, and who knows, barring injury he ay become very useful next season
05/06/2007 19:55:00
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