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Jonny Evans Glad to Be Back in Manchester United First Team

February 3rd, 2013 at 3:00 PM
By Glenn Hamilton

Jonny Evans returned to full fitness after completing 90 minutes in Manchester United's crucial Premier League win over Fulham on Saturday. Evans was out for a month with a hamstring injury.

  'Craven Cottage' photo (c) 2008, Paul Hudson - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ It was not exactly an easy game for Evans to return to as Fulham put in a much better shift than when they got hammered 4-1 in the FA Cup a week ago. Evans was glad to be back on the field as a dominant defender, but he admitted that he had to work through some nagging injury problems as result of being sidelined for a long period of time.

Speaking to MUTV, Evans said, "It's good to be back but I got a cramp in my calves in the last 10 minutes! It took me awhile to get into the game in the first 20 minutes. Once I got over that I felt all right. I'm just glad to be back out there. It was a tough game. Once we scored it actually gave them a bit of impetus to put pressure on us. Our main concern was not wanting to sit back and invite the pressure, but that turned out to be the case. We defended well and won some good headers to see out the game."

Although United scored late, they had to withstand 10 minutes of Fulham pressure. Evans and the rest of the defense held together well and kept Fulham from fashioning any real chances. The recent form of the Red Devil's defense and the fact that now everyone is fit will give United fans much hope for their prospects this season. 

Wayne Rooney's 79th minute goal could prove vital in the title race as nearest rivals Manchester City dropped another two points against Liverpool in their league encounter on Sunday. This has given United a healthy nine point lead at the top of the table, and Sir Alex Ferguson's team will take some stopping over the next three months.

Tags: Fulham, Jonny Evans, Manchester, Manchester United, Premier League, Sir Alex Ferguson, Soccer, Wayne Rooney

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