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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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Writer: United4Life  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday June 5 2007

Time: 4:00PM

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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 :-)
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05/06/2007 16:07:00

He is a excellent player hopefully he will get some good game time
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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.
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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
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05/06/2007 16:38:00

I fear it will be Heinze who leaves
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05/06/2007 16:43:00

Yeah, I also have a gut feeling that Pique prefers Spain and will earn himself a move there.
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05/06/2007 16:44:00

the future defence will be FABIO-EVANS-VIDIC-RAPHAEL!!!1
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05/06/2007 18:17:00

Fabio-Evans-Cathcart-Rafael :-)
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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.
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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
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05/06/2007 19:55:00

if we have injury problems like we did last season he will deffinately get a achance im looking forward to seeing him play
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05/06/2007 20:48:00

And he can play at right back. Remember, Fletch started his United career on the right side on the midfield. Evans could play on the right, too as a youngster.
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05/06/2007 20:52:00

The above are all valid points but with sunderland he will be guaranteed over 30 prem games and seeing as sunderland have just been promoted he'll have a lot of defending to do, how hard will it be for him to adapt to struggling to make the bench when he's just had his first full season under his belt.
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05/06/2007 21:10:00

I think he's got the proper mentality to accept this. If Fergie wants him to stay then he's got plans regarding him. So no reason to worry, I think the boss proved more than enough times that he's an expert in handling young players.
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05/06/2007 21:38:00

Theres no doubting fergies ability to groom young players but look at eagles etc they've gone off(usually to antwerp) to play and then come back to rot in the reserves, its a win win situation really,if he stays its more cover in case of a serious injury crisis and if he goes on loan to sunderland he will get that valuable prem experience which will enable to stake a stronger claim for first team inclusion
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05/06/2007 22:41:00

plus playing in the league cup against league1 and 2 teams aint gonna help him much when he's already played championship level surely the next step is prem football and sunderland can offer that, utd can obviously too, but realistically he'll be lucky if he makes the bench but this kid has a big future ahead of him theres no doubting that
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05/06/2007 22:44:00

Win or win situation, that's true. I still firmly believe he'll get his chance otherwise Fergie wouldn't want to keep him here. Playing for United is a different experience altogether, regardless of the opposition - so he can improve even by playing in the League Cup.
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05/06/2007 22:49:00

i agree with kanchelskis i would like to see him playing 30 premiership games for sunderland rather then see him playing 30 for us in the reserve league.
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06/06/2007 14:44:00

And I'd rather see him playing 15 Premiership games for us than 30 for Sunderland. Hopefully he'll get as much.
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06/06/2007 15:24:00


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