Manchester United have completed their final training session before tomorrow's game against Bayern Munich. As we reported earlier, Wayne Rooney, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra and Ashley Young all took part.
David Moyes has insisted that Rio Ferdinand hasn't been marginalised since the former Everton manager arrived at Old Trafford and Moyes has reiterated that the 35-year-old defender remains an important figure for the club.
Ferdinand has started just seven league games this campaign, but has played just once in the Premier League since September, with Moyes opting to play Nemanja Vidic, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling at centre-back, while Ferdinand has picked up an injury against Swansea a month ago and hasn't played since.
Four months into their first season without Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm for 26 years, Manchester United's rollercoaster shows no sign of stopping, with Boxing Day's result against Hull confirming that David Moyes' men seem to have rediscovered the good old habit of snatching results from the jaws of defeat.
Both Manchester United and Newcastle United had a midweek to forget as David Moyes charges falling to his former club Everton at Old Trafford for the first time since 1992, while Newcastle were soundly beaten by Swansea at the Liberty stadium despite the absentee's of Michu and Bony but it didn't stop Alan Pardew picking up the Manager of the Month for November and with that taken on board and the lack of wins at Old Trafford I'd go for a comfortable home win for the Red Devils.
Jonny Evans has claimed that despite United's stuttering start to the season, the players have never felt the need to hit the panic button, nor have they lost confidence in their abilities, despite a number of set-backs, including last Sunday's draw against Cardiff.
United got off to their first season under David Moyes in the worst way possible way, with pressure mounting on the new manager to start delivering results, after defeats against Liverpool, Manchester City and West Brom.
Jonny Evans has praised Wayne Rooney's performance against Arsenal on Sunday, hailing the United striker as an example for all his team-mates this season.
After a turbulent summer, during which he seemed set to depart United, Rooney has enjoyed a remarkable turnaround in form and Sunday's performance against the league leaders proved again just how valuable the 28-year-old is to David Moyes and Manchester United, as Rooney put in an impressive shift as well as providing the assist for Robin Van Persie's winner.
Last season was the best of Jonny Evans' Manchester United career. His sparkling late season form was rewarded with continuous team selection by Sir Alex Ferguson, and, with the old guard of Vidic and Ferdinand beginning to show signs of aging, the Northern Ireland international looked to be an integral part of United's backline going forward.
Robin van Persie continued to haunt his former employers, as his first half header pushes Manchester United within five points of league leaders Arsenal.
Van Persie returned to the starting eleven to lead the line ahead of Wayne Rooney, Antonio Valencia and Shinji Kagawa. Michael Carrick and Phil Jones formed a midfield duo, while Jonny Evans partnered Nemanja Vidic at centre back.
A clean sheet in Europe after ages. Jonny Evans and Phil Jones again showed the fans that they are the future of this great football club. More noticeably, the former is a Manchester United academy product one that we can gloat about. Every club has a player that surpasses or finally lives up to the expectations.
Manchester United have been granted a brief reprieve with their 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Stoke City today. But for many supporters, the performance of the team for the majority of the match was extremely poor. If it weren't for the efforts of Wayne Rooney, Adnan Januzaj, David de Gea and Chicharito, the Red Devils would have been answering some serious questions following the match at Old Trafford.
Yesterday's World Cup qualifiers were a mixed bag for United players, with Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie on the scoresheet, while Jonny Evans was sent off for Northern Ireland.
At Wembley, Rooney scored England's first goal as Roy Hodgson's men thumped Montenegro 4-1, with Rooney and Danny Welbeck putting in a good performance, while Michael Carrick came off the bench in the second half.
Manchester United manager David Moyes has named a strong starting eleven for today's Capital One Cup match against rivals Liverpool. Midfielder Shinji Kagawa has finally earned a domestic start under the Scot, with in-form Wayne Rooney once again leading the club's attack. Portuguese winger Nani is also set to make his first start since signing a new contract at Old Trafford, while Chris Smalling retains his place in the United back four.
With the return of Jose Mourinho to the Premier League this year, Manchester United defender Jonny Evans spoke out to reveal that Mourinho's classic mind games don't work against the Premier League champions. Mourinho has already started with the mind games as he revealed his thoughts that the Prem is open for the taking as the title winners the last few years, including Manchester United, did not have the same quality as the clubs before them.
Manchester United have a very difficult fixture list to begin the new season this year but defender Jonny Evans is ready to play tough matches right out of the gate. The United defender believes the club will have to play these games at some point in the season anyways, so it might as well be now.
Manchester United defender Jonny Evans said that he would be happy to play with Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale when asked about the possibility of either of the players coming to Old Trafford this summer. After rumors have surfaced linking Bale to United and reports that Ronaldo was seen in Manchester yesterday, Evans relayed his thoughts on the matter.
David Moyes spoke out following Manchester United's 1-1 draw at the Friends Arena in Stockholm against Swedish sideAIK Fotboll to reveal that midfielder Nani and defender Jonny Evans had picked up injuries throughout the course of the match. It appears that both injuries are minor and each player was taken off more as a precaution with the beginning of the Premier League season less than two weeks away and United set to take on Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield this Sunday at Wembley Stadium.
Versatility the key to unlocking Phil Jones' first team doors at Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
This season will prove to be a pivotal season in the career of Phil Jones for multiple reasons. The Manchester United defender's career at Old Trafford hasn't exactly been off to a flyer, despite him possessing great potential and flashes of brilliance, as his short tenure has been blighted by injuries that restricted his appearances to only 46 games.
Footballers on Holiday 2013 'The Boys of Summer' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
It's the holiday season for the professional footballer. A time to slip off the boots, slither out of the muddy jersey, and jet off on ahard-earned vacation of sand, sea, and hard-earned recuperation. Fans will be flocking to Twitter to see the sneaky snaps of their favourite stars in unfamiliar territory.
The last 24 key match-changing decisions in Manchester United's Premier League games have been in favour of the Red Devils.
Since the statue of Sir Ferguson was unveiled and the stand named after the man, nothing has been given against the Reds - the last decision was the sending off of Jonny Evans in the 6-1 defeat to Manchester City on October 23rd 2011 - 554 days ago.
Manchester United center-back Jonny Evans was interviewed as part of bwin's Manchester United sponsorship. Evans talks about his development over the course of the last twelve months as well as discussing his season with Manchester United so far. He also tries his hand at predicting Champions League finalists (a certain Spanish team made his shortlist), [.
In the video below, Jonny Evans (interview courtesy of Manchester United and ROM sponsors bwin) talks about the 2012/2013 season, tries to make Champions League predictions, dissects Patrice Evra's musical tastes and a fair bit more.
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United: Edwin van der Sar, John O'Shea, Jonny Evans, Nemanja VidiÄ‡ (c), FÃ¡bio, Antonio Valencia, Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes, Park Ji-Sung, Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen. United substitutes: Tomasz Kuszczak, Chris Smalling, Ryan Giggs, Nani, Darren Fletcher, Dimitar Berbatov and Javier HernÃ¡ndez.
Jonny Evans has claimed that during the past few years under Sir Alex Ferguson, only Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin van Persie have been guaranteed a place in the starting XI. Whilst this almost certainly wasn't intended as a dig at his pal Wayne Rooney, it suggests that the players have little sympathy for Rooney's tantrum about having to earn his place in the team like everyone else.
Robin van Persie managed to finagle a move from Arsenal to Manchester United, but according to Wayne Rooney, he's not the smartest guy off the pitch. Rooney, who some might call a "pot," revealed this opinion of Van Persie, perhaps a "kettle," during a Google Hangout that also involved teammates Jonny Evans and Tom Cleverley (video below).
Jonny Evans: So, Danny, how pleased were you to get a nomination for PFA Young Player of the Year?
Danny Welbeck: I was obviously pretty pleased to be recognised by your peers as one of the best young players in the league. I don't think I had one of my best seasons but it's something I take in my stride and I'm looking to push on and do better.
Summary of defensive impact - Evra (82%), Smalling (80%) and Evans (76%) won the largest proportion of their tackles. - Ferdinand (74%), Evans (72%) and Vidic (61%) won the largest proportion of ground duels. - Vidic (67%), Smalling (64%) and Jones/Evra (62%) won the largest proportion of aerial duals.
David De Gea So Fergie has been proved right once again. The Spanish kid who had some dodgy moments (although that mistake at Tottenham was grossly exaggerated) has evolved in to the Premier League's best goalkeeper. Only problem now is keeping hold of him when Real Madrid and Barcelona inevitably come calling.
Everton captain Phil Neville has delivered a snub to Liverpool's Footballer of the Year candidate Luis Suarez by not even nominating the striker for a place in the PFA Team of the Season. Suarez is the Premier League's top scorer with 22 goals, has struck 29 times in all competitions and is one of the favourites for the individual award, along with Tottenham's Gareth Bale and Manchester United's Robin van Persie.