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Defender: United feeling the heat

Evans strives for patience

By | 1st December 2011

After wearing the captain’s armband during Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace in last night’s thrilling Carling Cup quarterfinal at Old Trafford, Jonny Evans realizes the amount of pressure the team is under.

A spectacular long-range goal from Darren Ambrose was cancelled out by a Federico Macheda penalty, which forced 30 minutes of extra time but the Red Devils still came up short courtesy of Glenn Murray’s decisive header.

Carling Cup elimination at home to a Championship outfit left a lot of question marks over the depth of the reigning champions and Evans has urged his teammates to overcome the disappointment quickly.

“We’re very disappointed not to be in the semi-finals. I thought we would go on after we scored,” Evans told MUTV about United’s mindset going into extra time.

He continued: “And going into the first period of extra time, playing towards the Stretford End, I thought we’d have a chance of getting a goal and seal it from there.

“But they went down the other end and scored against the run of play really. We had a lot of possession but we couldn’t break them down.”

When asked to identify one particular area where they performed well short of expectations, Evans pointed to the flanks.

The 23-year old explained: “A lot of our play was in front of them and I think the only way we were going to get in was down the side, but we didn’t manage to do that as well as Manchester United can. We didn’t get a lot of crosses into the box.”

United have now failed to win all of their last three matches at Old Trafford across three different competitions within a week’s time and in addition to trailing Manchester City by five points in the Premier League, they need at least a draw in Basel to progress to the Champions League knock-out stage.

Earlier in the campaign, Basel struck three times at Old Trafford and ever since that night, the stadium’s reputation as a fortress has declined at a comparable rate to Chelsea’s recent miseries at Stamford Bridge.

But Evans is refusing to let any negativity take over, pointing out that focus is a must for the plethora of matches coming up.

“The games are coming thick and fast and the manager will need his squad. So we need to pick ourselves up and hopefully win on Saturday [at Villa],” the Northern Ireland international asserted.

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  1. GAZZARO says:

    Evans, the way to improve the squad is you to sit on the bench. You are simply not good enough to wear United shirt.

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